Jenna Lyons

PhD Student
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2611 Wescoe Hall


Jenna Lyons, an Indiana native and graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature department, received her Master of Arts in American Studies in 2014 from the University of Kansas. The following fall, Jenna began working toward her PhD in the American Studies doctoral program at KU. Jenna has served as a graduate teaching assistant since 2012, and held several executive officer positions with KU’s American Studies Association of Graduate Students. Her particular research interests are centered around constructions of community and identity as they relate to place. Jenna’s doctoral research on small towns and their use of nostalgia to construct identity and reconstruct history builds on her previous research on virtual place and virtual community demonstrated by online fan practices surrounding the television series, Northern Exposure. In her free time, Jenna spends time baking pies and walking her little rescue dog, Tilly, around Lawrence.


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