Prof. Jennifer Bloomquist

Professor of Linguistics and Africana Studies, Associate Provost

LocationOrrtanna, PA

LocationGettysburg, PA

Preferred pronounshe/her

Email address

Telephone number7176581413

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Biographical information

Jennifer Bloomquist is Associate Provost for Faculty Development & Dean of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs. Prior to her appointment to the Office of the Provost in June, 2017, Jen chaired the Africana Studies Program for 9 years starting in 2007, excluding a couple semesters while she was on sabbatical leave. A Washington, D.C. native, Jen attended Clarion University in Pennsylvania where in 1995 she earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics from the University at Buffalo in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Jen began teaching at Gettysburg College in January 2002, first in the English department, and then on the faculty of the Africana Studies Program as the college’s first Derrick K. Gondwe Fellow from 2003-2005. Additionally, she has served as the co-chair of the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics. Her work has been published in First Language, Journal of Pragmatics, Multilingua, the Southern Journal of Linguistics, American Speech, and the Journal of African American Studies. Jen’s research focuses on African American Englishes in the regional context; she is working with Oxford University Press on the book “From Dumbo to Donkey: Linguistic Minstrelsy in Children’s Animated Films,” which focuses on the representation of African American English and its role in the construction of ethnicity in children’s animated films. (Due to be published in 2022.)