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Jennifer Black


  • Jennifer Black, English Literature, Boise
  • (208) 426-7022 (voicemail only)
  • LA-233

Dr. Jennifer Black has taught English at Boise State since 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies from Boston University in 2004; her dissertation is an interdisciplinary study of women’s self-representation in Early Modern Europe, focusing on the poems of Isabella Whitney and Vittoria Colonna and the paintings of Clara Peeters and Sofonisba Anguissola. Dr. Black teaches classes in English literature–especially the literature of the early modern period (including Shakespeare), English composition, University Foundations, and Humanities. She also works as an eCampus and UF100 faculty associate to support and mentor Boise State faculty members teaching online and in the UF program. Her research interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Online Teaching, Epic Poetry, Women’s Literature, Early Modern Europe, and Interdisciplinary Arts. Dr. Black also leads book discussions at public libraries around Idaho as part of the Let’s Talk About It program.


  • Ph.D., Renaissance Studies, Boston University
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University
  • B.A., Humanities-English, Brigham Young University


Shakespeare, General Education, Online teaching, Renaissance Literature, English Composition, Higher Education.

Recent Publications

  • Black, Jennifer. “Ethics and Decision-Making in Hamlet.” in SAGE Business Cases: Arts and Humanities Series. Forthcoming.
  • Black, Jennifer. “Online Shakespearean Role-Playing.” Teaching Shakespeare Beyond the Major. Edited by Tyler Sasser and Emma Atwood. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023: pp. 293-315.
  • Black, Jennifer. “Creating Presence through Video in Teaching Shakespeare Online” in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, vol. 34, Jan. 2021, pp. 166–181.
  • Black, Jennifer. “Leading from the Margins: Paulina in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.” in SAGE Business Cases: Arts and Humanities Series. January 4, 2021 DOI:
  • Black, J. and Cox, S.  “Case study on a High-Enrollment Freshman Seminar.”  The flipped college classroom: Conceptualized and re-conceptualized. Edited by Lucy Santos Green, Jennifer Banas, and Ross Perkins. New York: Springer, 2017.
  • Cox, S., Black, J., Heney, J., Keith, M. “Promoting Teacher Presence: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Feedback to Student Writing Online.” Teaching English at the Two Year College. 42.4 (May 2015): 376-391.
  • Black, J., Moore, C., Glackin, B. C., Ruppel, M. D., Watson, E. J. “Integrating Information Literacy, the POGIL Method, and iPads into a Foundational Studies Program.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41.2 (2015): 155-169.
  • Keith, Melissa, Jennifer Black, Stephanie Cox and Jill Heney, “Into Active Voice: Seeking Agency through Collaborative Scholarship.” In Contingent Faculty Publishing in Community: Case Studies for Successful Collaborations. Eds. Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Letizia Guglielmo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


  • UF 100 Intellectual Foundations: The History and Future of Higher Education
  • English 102 College Writing and Research
  • Humanities 207 Introduction to Humanities
  • English 175 Literature and Ideas
  • English Literature 261 and 262 Literary History I and II
  • English Literature 345 Shakespeare
  • English Literature 350 English Renaissance Literature
  • English Literature 351 Milton
  • English Literature 395 Women Writers