Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Environmental Studies (humanities stream) from York University in 2007, and hold an MA in English from the University of Victoria and a BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan.
Before coming to Laurier, I held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, and taught for four years in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
Teaching is a joyful vocation for me, and I find helping students to grow in their thinking and writing skills to be deeply satisfying work. When I’m not engaged in teaching or research, I can be found walking or jogging with my dog, swimming, or working on my green thumb in the back garden.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My current research and teaching is concentrated in the area of literature and the environment, with a particular focus on Canadian, American, and Indigenous literatures. I am currently working on a project titled Points of Entry: Ecocritical Investigations Along the Canada-US Border, that examines cultural portrayals of environmental phenomena that cross the Canada-US border. I am also interested in literature's intersection with problems of infrastructure and resource extraction in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Awards and Achievements
WLU Early Career Researcher Award (2020)
SSHRC Insight Grant (2019) for Points of Entry: Ecocritical Investigations Along the Canada-US Border
Runner-up, Ernest Redekop Prize for Best Essay in the Canadian Review of American Studies in the Previous Year (2018)
Finalist, Gabrielle Roy Prize (for a work of Canadian literary criticism in English published the previous year). (2011).
SSHRC Insight Development Grant for Fences and Flows project. (2011).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am keen to work with students researching any aspect of literature and the environment, though my particular strengths lean towards Canadian and American literatures. I further welcome opportunities to work with students interested more generally in projects in Canadian Literature, border studies and Indigenous literatures and cultures.
Kerber, Jenny. “Corrosive Aesthetics: On the Receiving End of Oil and Gas in Who By Fire.” Canadian Literature 239 (2019): 50-65.
Kerber, Jenny. "Border Crossings, Disciplinary States, and the (Un)Verified Self in Middlesex." The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada 17.1 (2018): Article 58.
Kerber, Jenny. "Romantic Ramblings, Revisited: Eco-Logics of Mobility in Sina Queyra's Expressway." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 25.2 (2018): 345-62.
Kerber, Jenny. "Up from the Ground: Living with/in Petrocultures in the US and Canadian Wests." Western American Literature 51.4 (2017): 383-89.
Kerber, Jenny. “Border Insecurity: Reading the Transnational Environment in Jim Lynch’s Border Songs.” Canadian Review of American Studies 47.1 (2017): 131-60.
Kerber, Jenny. “Caribou, Petroleum, and the Limits of Locality in the Canada-US Borderlands.” American Review of Canadian Studies 45.3 (2015): 332-45.
Kerber, Jenny. “‘You are Turning Into a Hive Mind’: Storytelling, Ecological Thought, and the Problem of Form in Generation A.” Studies in Canadian Literature 39.1 (2014): 317-38.
Kerber, Jenny. “Nature Trafficking: Writing and Environment in the Western Canada-US Borderlands.” Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context. (2013).
Kerber, Jenny. “Settlement and Dispossession in Early Twentieth Century Saskatchewan Literature.” The Literary History of Saskatchewan. Vol. 1. (2013).
Kerber, Jenny. Writing in Dust: Reading the Prairie Environmentally. Environmental Humanities Series. (2010).