Jennifer Gerstel, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of English
Office: Winslow Academic Center
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Toronto; M.A. Northeastern University; B.A., Tufts University
Jennifer Gerstel's primary research on connections between the history of science and nineteenth-century British fiction was sparked by an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Tufts University, where she studied Darwin with Daniel Dennett. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on Darwin's theory of sexual selection and its influence on Victorian novelists such as George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Thomas Hardy. Professor Gerstel has presented her research at numerous academic conferences, including the Modern Language Association, the Northeast Victorian Studies Association, the Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, and the British Women Writers Conference. She has also published work on the intersection of literature, politics, and music theory, specifically the work of the twentieth-century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Jennifer taught at the University of Toronto, Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario, and Boston University before joining the faculty at Lasell in 2003.