Hansen earned her M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY at Stony Brook.
She came to St. Lawrence in 2008 after having taught at Gettysburg College for 9 years. Jenny has also served as Philosophy Department chair, coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and, in addition to teaching courses in Philosophy, has also taught in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the First Year Program.
Starting in the summer of 2014, Jenny assumed the position of Associate Dean of the First Year after contributing to the program for the past 6 years.
With Ann J. Cahill, she is the co-editor of Continental Feminism Reader (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), French Feminists (Routledge, 2008), author of the Stanford Encyclopedia Entry on Continental Feminism (2013), as well as the author of numerous articles and book chapters including recently, "Is Prozac a Feminist Drug?" (International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics) and “What’s So Great About Nature?” (Journal of Speculative Philosophy). Jenny’s latest research focuses on the work of William James and the meaning and implications of ‘hope.'