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Jennifer Howard

Jennifer Howard, M.A.

Jennifer HowardResearch Associate & Doctoral Candidate she/her

Department of North American Studies | Lemke

R 4049 | KG IV

Office hours: Thursdays 12:00-14:00, in my office (KGIV Room 4049) or via Zoom.

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Literary Studies Seminar: "Resistance Culture – Activism and Empowerment in the United States" (Summer 2023)
Literary Studies Seminar “Made in America – Literary Expressions of Collective Identity(s)” (Winter 2022/3)
Cultural Studies Seminar “Power Matters: Class, Alienation and Anger” Cultural Studies Seminar (Co-taught with Kristina Seefeldt) (Winter 2022/3)
Cultural Studies Seminar "The Intellectual History of American Identity - Its Symbols, Rhetoric and Rituals" (Summer 2022)
Cultural Studies Seminar "Understanding the American Dream – Its Origins, Adaptations, and Impact" (Winter 2021/2)
Tutorial, "Introduction to Literary Studies"
Tutorial, "Introduction to Cultural Studies"



10.2021 – Present

Research Associate & Doctoral Candidate, Prof. Sieglinde Lemke
University of Freiburg

Working title:  “Higher ground in a divided nation: Civil Religion in America”

10/2020 – 10/2021

Research Assistant, Prof Sieglinde Lemke
University of Freiburg

04/2020 – 08/2020,
11/2020 – 03/2021,
04/2021 – 08/2021

Teaching Assistant for Prof. Sieglinde Lemke
University of Freiburg

10/2019 – 03/2020

Teaching Assistant for Prof. Wolfgang Hochbruck
University of Freiburg

04/2019 – 08/2019

Teaching Assistant for Prof. Stefanie Lethbridge
University of Freiburg

07/2008 – 08/2008 Teacher, English as a Second Language (ESL)
Berlitz, Cochem, Germany



11/2012 – 07/2018

Corporate Trainer/Talent Development Specialist
SELCO Community Credit Union, Eugene, OR, USA

05/2011 – 11/2012

Member Service Representative
SELCO Community Credit Union, Eugene, OR, USA

02/2010 – 05/2011

Member Service Representative
Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Eugene, OR, USA



2018 – 2021

MA, British and North American Cultural Studies
University of Freiburg

Thesis: “Dismantling the American Dream: Optimistic ideas for American problems & their flaws”

2004 – 2009

BA, Liberal Arts (awarded 2011)
Gutenberg College, Eugene, OR, USA



English Native speakers
German Conversational and learning at B2 level



February 2023

Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies

"Higher Ground in a Divided Nation: The State of Civil Religion in the face of an ever-polarized America"

April 2022

EUCOR English Conference

"High Ground in a Divided Nation: Civil Religion in America"

April 2021 EUCOR English Conference  "Killing the Joy of the American Dream:
Uncovering the hidden unhappiness of James Truslow Adams' Epic American Dream"