Rea, Jennifer

Jennifer Rea Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 815-226-4179




Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
M.A., Southern Illinois University
B.A., Stony Brook University
B.A., Michigan State University


Assistant Professor of English Jennifer A. Rea first came to Rockford University as an adjunct in 2004 prior to obtaining her appointment as assistant professor. Before that, she lived in all parts of the United States: Florida, New York, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, ending up working on Irish and Irish Immigration Studies at Southern Illinois University. 

Dr. Rea’s research interests include Irish Literature, English Literature, Japanese Literature and Manga, Children’s Literature, Dystopian Studies, and Medieval Literature. She is a published poet and a poetry reader for Fifth Wednesday Journal

In her spare time you will find her reading, writing both fiction and poetry, knitting, walking, and hanging out with her husband, teenage daughter, and her two cats,Theodore and Karma Akabane. 

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