Jennifer E Row

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Jennifer Row comes to FRIT and the University of Minnesota by way of Boston University, where she was an assistant professor of French. A comparatist and queer theorist by training, she received her PhD from Cornell University and BA magna cum laude from Yale. Her research and teaching interests include early modern theater, dance and performance studies, queer theory, the history of sexuality, disability studies and affect theory. Her book project, Queer Velocities: Time, Sex and Biopower on the Early Modern Stage, under review with Northwestern University Press, examines new affects and queer desires wrought by the staging of temporal intensities (slownesses and speeds) and the impact of such queer affects on an emerging biopolitics. Her second book project: The Body Perfect: the Aesthetics of Ableism in the Early Francophone World looks at the poetics and politics of crafting an idealized "capable" body through aesthetic practices (from dance to fairy tales), and how these aesthetic techniques of crafting a perfected body challenge the stories we tell about early modern race and gender as well as enlarge the scale of inquiry of disability theory today. She has previously taught in France at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV) and at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, and In 2016-2017 she was a Solmsen Fellow in pre-1700 European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also held a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota and organized a “Premodern Temporalities” research group with the UMN Mellon Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. She is a proud alumna of the Andover Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, a program that addresses diversity in the teaching profession. She serves on the executive committee of the Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth Century Studies. She is also an avid tennis player, a slow marathoner and a very uncoordinated but enthusiastic student of aerial dance and improv comedy.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Comparative Literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2014.
  • M.A.: Comparative Literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2011.
  • B.A.: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Literature, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2007.


  • queer theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Modern Dramatic Literature (French and English)
  • Dance history and performance studies
  • Affect Theory
  • Histories and archives of sexuality and gender
  • Literary theory and history of rhetoric
  • “A Queer Eye on Racine and Corneille" MLA Options for Teaching Neoclassical Tragedy. Eds. Hélène Bilis and Ellen McClure. Forthcoming.
  • “Sexuality and Gender” in Cultural History of Tragedy In the Age of Enlightenment. Ed. Mitchell Greenberg. Bloomsbury Press, Forthcoming.
  • “Alternative Intimacies, Carceral Sympathy and Sexuality in Voltaire’s Zaïre.” In Le Monde français du dix-huitième siècle, 2:1 (2017) Special issue on “Emotions.”
  • “Queer Time on the Early Modern Stage: France and the Drama of Biopower,”Exemplaria, 29:1 (Winter 2017)
  • “The Beads of Versailles: Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Les Belles Danses,”ASAP/Journal, 2:2 (May 2017), special issue on “Queer Form.”
  • “Aux cendres d’un épouxʼ: Traumatisme et temps du désir inexprimable dans Andromaque de Racine,” in Autour de l'extrême littéraire, eds. Alastair Hemmens and Russell Williams (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp.73-87
  • “Uncommon Placement: Reading Sexuality and Masochism in the 19th Century Commonplace Book,”Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue canadienne de littérature comparée. 38:4 (September 2011), pp. 500-516
  • “Iphigénie, Jean Racine,” The Literary Encyclopedia, volume French Writing and Culture of the Seventeenth Century: Classical and Baroque, 1600-1700. Refereed. 2674 words.
  • “Risk, Rehearsal and Repetition in the Writing Classroom,” in Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning, ed. Kimberly Williams. London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 186-198
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, “Global Histories of Disability” summer seminar fellowship, Summer 2018
  • Visiting Research Residency, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Solmsen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pre-1700 European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016 - 2017
  • Teagle Graduate Research Fellowship in Teaching, Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence, 2011 - 2012
  • Corson Essay Prize (in French), Cornell University, 2010
  • Manon Michels Pre-Dissertation Fellowship in European Studies, Cornell University, 2010
  • Alice Hanson Cook Award for Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University, 2009
  • Andover Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Associate, 2008
  • Alvin B. Kernan Essay Prize (Hon. Mention) Yale University , 2007