Jennifer Bloomquist is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and the Chairperson of the Africana Studies Program at Gettysburg College. A Washington, D.C. native, Jen attended Clarion University in Pennsylvania where in 1995 she earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Jen received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics from the University at Buffalo in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Jen began teaching at Gettysburg College in January 2002, first in the English department, and then on the faculty of the Africana Studies Program, where she now serves as chairperson. Additionally, Jen has served as the co-chair of the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics. Her work has been published in First Language, Journal of Pragmatics, Multilingua, the Southern Journal of Linguistics, and American Speech. Jen's research focuses on African American Englishes in the regional context; she is currently at work on a project with Oxford University Press, From Dumbo to Donkey (due out in 2015) that focuses on the representation of African American English and its role in the construction of ethnicity in children’s animated films.
Jennifer Collins Bloomquist
Program Director, Africana Studies
Phone: (717) 337 - 6745
Box: Campus Box 2451
339 Carlisle Street
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
PhD University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2003
MA University at Buffalo (SUNY), 1998
BA Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1995
African American Englishes in the regional context