Being 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 Fences and Flows: Eco-Cultures of Security in the Canada-US Borderlands, 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
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).
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2009).
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. “Border Insecurity: Reading the Transnational Environment in Jim Lynch’s Border Songs.” Canadian Review of American Studies (Forthcoming)
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).
Kerber, Jenny. “Plants out of Place: Over Prairie Trails and the Rhetoric of Belonging.” Over Prairie Trails. Canadian Critical Editions Series. (2010).
Kerber, Jenny. “Pulling up Roots: Border-Crossing and Migrancy on Southern Alberta’s Irrigation Frontier.” The Dalhousie Review. (2010).