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Writing Program
B.A., Haverford College; Ph.D., Yale University
Jeannine Johnson
Lecturer in the Writing Program

I am the director of the Writing Program, coordinator of the writing tutors, and a lecturer in Writing.

The courses I teach, including “Wellesley and the World,” “Poetry and Other Arts,” and "Secrets of the Library" emphasize literature and history, women's issues, and contemporary social trends. One of my goals in teaching is to help students to see writing, research, and scholarly argument not as ends in themselves but as an important way for us to engage with our world. 

I've explored how poets perceive the possibilities and the limitations of this kind of engagement in my book, Why Write Poetry? Modern Poets Defending Their Art (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007). In it, I examine the ways in which poets both question and defend the value of poetry, and I explain why and how they do so within their poems. I continue to be interested in the expression and uses of poetry in today's society.

I'm also interested in developing tools and practices to help students write with clarity and purpose, and to help educational institutions effectively support and promote their students' writing. In recent years, I have travelled to Japan and China to teach writing and to advise on best practices for teaching and supporting college writers. In the U.S., I have led writing workshops for undergraduates and graduate students, as well as for college faculty in the humanities and in the sciences.

I came to Wellesley in 2007; before that, I taught for eight years in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard, and for two years in the English Department at Wake Forest University.

Beyond campus, I enjoy sports, food, and travel, the latter especially when it involves activities related to sports and food.