Bio & C.V.


Jennifer Cognard-Black, Professor of English, received her B.A. in English and music from Nebraska Wesleyan University, her M.A. in fiction writing from Iowa State University, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in nineteenth-century literature and feminist theory. Cognard-Black's specialties are Anglo-American women novelists, fiction writing, and the literatures of food. A two-time Fulbright scholar to The Netherlands and Slovenia, a finalist for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, and a recipient of the Norton T. Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, Cognard-Black’s books include Narrative in the Professional Age (Routledge 2004); Kindred Hands (Iowa UP 2006); a writing textbook, Advancing Rhetoric (Kendall/Hunt 2006); an anthology of food fictions, culinary poems, and recipe recollections, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal (NYUP 2014); and a collection of essays by women writers about their everyday contraptions, From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (MSUP 2016).  

Yet Cognard-Black's interests also encompass images of women in popular culture (she is a contributor to Ms. Magazine, a member of the Ms. Committee of Scholars, and a past Reviews Editor for Literary Mama); Shakespeare and consumption (she offers a study tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, England); writing theory and practice (she has been a Table Leader for the College Board’s AP readings for fourteen years); and Victorian visuality.  

In addition, Cognard-Black also publishes short fiction under the pseudonym J. Annie MacLeod. The recipient of both a Maryland State Arts Council and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council grant for her fiction, two of her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she's been published in a number of journals, including Another Chicago MagazineThe Cream City Review, So To Speak, Roanoke Review, North Dakota Review, Pisgaw Review, Versal, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, among others.  Her two lecture series with The Great Courses reflect her creative work: "How to Become a Great Essayist" (2016) and "Great American Short Stories" (2019).

Cognard-Black's latest project is a novel fictionalizing the scandalous bits of Edith Wharton's life, under the working title Making Up. She is represented by DeFiore and Company.