Jennifer Jenkins

Associate Professor, English

Affiliate Faculty, Latin American Studies

Jennifer Jenkins holds degrees from the University of Arizona (BA, PhD) and the University of Chicago (AM) in American Literature and Cultures. She has taught courses in American Literature and Film, the Humanities of the Americas, Southwest and Border Studies, Mexican Cinema, and Film History and Theory at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is a proud graduate and member of the Department of English at the University of Arizona. She received the MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies in 2014 from the School of Information Resources and Library Science at UA. Her literary research focuses on representations of domesticity in literature and film, most particularly facets of homemaking and kitchen culture in the American Gothic. In this vein, she has published on Uncle Tom's Cabin, Henry James's The Other House, Lolita, Rosemary's Baby and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. She is currently writing a chapter on the philosophy of marriage in Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Dr. Jenkins' archival work includes building an archive of amateur and locally-made films of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. She organized the first Home Movie Day Tucson in 2012, and continues with this annual October event. She has learned hands-on about archival projection techniques and nitrate film preservation at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has presented work at the Orphan Film Symposium, Mujeres en el cine mudo, and the Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, and curated the Puro Mexicano Tucson Film Festival. In 2003, she was Guest Curator of Native Curiosity: Collecting Indian Arts in Territorial Arizona, an exhibit drawn from collections at the Arizona Historical Society. She is working with the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research to preserve the film collection of its founding director, A.E. Douglass, and with the University Special Collections on the Wolfgang Collection of travel films, with special emphasis on the Mexico material. In 2011, she helped to bring the American Indian Film Gallery to the University of Arizona, and presently serves as Curator of that online resource of archival films. This project is generously supported by the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry and the Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona Her current research project, Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest, involves the preservation and analysis of the Tucson-based Western Ways films (1936-76) in the context of midcentury notions of the West. This project is funded in part by the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Arizona.