College Teaching

Jennifer Browdy, PhD

Professor of Comparative Literature & Media Arts Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Faculty, Open Society University Network

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Areas of Specialization
  • Contemporary world literature by women
  • Women’s and gender studies
  • Journalism, media studies, and digital media strategies
  • Leadership development and public speaking
  • Autobiography and memoir
  • Pedagogy of writing
  • Environmental writing, environmental activism through media and the arts

Student Testimonials

“I have never seen another teacher quite as capable of taking a group of students and creating discussions where everyone contributes meaningfully to nearly every class. I would like you to know that the effort you put into these classes is valuable, and appreciated.”

in-person Seminar student, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Spring 2022

“Dear Jennifer, I want to take this moment to thank you for making this class so informative and welcoming. I will remember you as one of the best professors from my university life. Thank you!”

remote “Leadership, Writing & Public Speaking”
class Open Society University Network student, Spring 2022

“This class impressed me with its atmosphere of unity, creativity, and freedom. It stimulated me to participate and share my opinion during the class. ….The class structure has been incredible and at the same time challenging, as it was a new format for me. During my other classes, we were assigned to listen to the monologue of the professor, read the chapter and answer questions after the chapter. In this class, I felt like I was encouraged to speak, and my classmates were willing to listen. I was never afraid I could make a mistake, as I felt every opinion mattered. ….Overall, the class has been completely wonderful and useful for me.”

remote “Women Write the World” class,
Open Society University Network student, Fall 2021



  • Psst…the Personal is Planetary! Pass it On!  We need to wake up and realize that everything we do as individuals has a political and planetary impact. Taking off from her own personal trajectory as an American woman, Jennifer envisions the future that we could create if we succeed in aligning the personal, political and planetary dimensions of our lives.
  • From Anthropocene to Androgynocene: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Energies for a Sustainable Future. Our age is commonly referred to as the “Anthropocene”– the era when human activity became the most influential driver of change on Earth.  Unfortunately, much of that change has been negative, as humans have polluted the environment and triggered the cascading effects of climate change with our over-reliance on fossil fuels.  Analyzing the Anthropocene through a gendered lens, Jennifer relates our current social and political problems to an imbalance of the masculine and the feminine in human consciousness. If we can succeed in shifting from Anthropocene to Androgynocene, she argues, we can overcome all obstacles and move into a sustainable future.

What they’re saying….

“A powerful, compelling talk….Thank you for being that beacon of light and a reflective mirror for all of us.”  —A.C.

“Your talk was, for me, very impacting and also moving….It helped me see the tremendous work you have done in integrating your own self-inquiry with your professional life and your hopes for the planet.  Not easy stuff, and extremely courageous…..Literally ground-breaking.” —A.M.

“I wish to bottle and save the energy and inspiration you send out in your work.  Thank you so much for the care with which you made this remarkable presentation.” —L.S.