Jennifer Stevens is an Associate Professor of History and American Studies specializing in American cultural studies and 20th century United States History. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University in 2005. She also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (M.A. in Popular Culture), National-Louis University (M.A.T. Early Childhood Education) and Carleton College (B.A. History).
Courses taught by Prof. Stevens cover a wide range of American cultural studies topics as well as some United States history. She also teaches in the University Core Curriculum program. A full course list is included below. Her classes are generally discussion based and include project based assignments geared toward getting students involved with the material at hand. Whenever possible, Prof. Stevens likes in include students in her own research and work with students on research projects that they themselves have developed.
Introduction to the American Experience
Television in American Culture
Movies and Moviegoing in American Culture
Ethnic Cultures in America
Education in American Culture
American Leisure Culture
Disney in America
History by Hollywood
America on Screen
American Studies Senior Seminar
United States History I: From Colonial Times to Reconstruction
United States History II: Reconstruction to the Present
American Immigration History
History in the Public Sphere
History Senior Seminar
History in the Modern World
Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar: Popular Culture and Globalization
Prof. Stevens conducts research in several different areas, but her primary focus most recently has been the exploration of how history is represented and interpreted within the public sphere. Her research in this area seeks to illuminate how popular presentations of history affect the Popular American Historical Consciousness. Her dissertation and first book project looks at the impact of television on conveying historical material to the audience. Other projects she is working on in this area look at popular movies, museums and the practice of local history and genealogy as other lenses through which to consider the relationship between Americans and their history.
Another long term project in Prof. Stevens other primary scholarly, ethnicity and ethnic identity in Americans of primarily European descent, explores the Gaelic diaspora in the United States and Canada. She is also engaging in exploring and documenting the ethnic culture of the local Bristol area with other members of the Department of History and American Studies. These projects include recorded interviews with members of these ethnic communities that will eventually populate an archive of oral histories that will be available to other scholars in the future.
Professor Stevens can be contacted via
Office: Global Heritage Hall 217
Mailing Address: Department of History and American Studies
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809