Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., is a pioneer of purposeful memoir and a leading voice in the field of feminist spiritual ecology, focusing especially on activism through media and the arts.
She teaches and lectures widely on social and environmental advocacy, social transformation and the necessity of aligning the personal and political in the journey to planetary stability.
After earning her B.A. in English and Journalism, magna cum laude, Jennifer worked as a professional journalist for several years in New York City before returning to academia to earn her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 1994.
As a college professor for more than a quarter-century, she seeks to engage students in issues of global social and environmental justice through writing, literature and digital media. She has published many articles and book chapters on the nexus between politics and poetics in women’s world literature, and has edited three anthologies of contemporary women’s personal/political writing from North America, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
For more than a decade, Jennifer hosted an annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day, and in 2011 she founded the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, which creates opportunities for women to share their voices and perspectives in the public sphere, during March, Women’s History Month, and throughout the year. In 2015 she founded the Butterfly Leadership Program, dedicated to cultivating the voices and visions of teen girls and young women.
Jennifer offers classes and workshops in writing, specializing in memoir, personal essay and creative nonfiction, for people of all ages. She has spoken and given workshops at numerous conferences at colleges, universities and other venues.
Jennifer’s blog, Transition Times, is dedicated to exploring issues of social and environmental justice from a personal perspective; it has received more than 120,000 visitors from all over the world since its inception. Her memoir, What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered: A Purposeful Memoir of Personal, Political and Planetary Transformation is accompanied by her writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion. She is working on a third book in this series, Worldwrights: An Inspirational Sourcebook for Purposeful Memoirists.