Jenny MacGregor graduated from SLU in 1981 with a degree in geology, her first professional publication being based on her honors thesis and co-authored with her SLU geology advisor, Charlotte Mehrtens. However, after attending the St. Lawrence Kenya Semester in the fall of 1981, Jenny’s interests shifted from geology to the overlapping areas of Psychology, Religious Studies and Anthropology. She created an interdisciplinary program in these three topics at Boston University, graduating with a Master’s in Psychology in May 1986. Always interested in the questions “How do people attribute meaning in their lives?” and “How do our brains produce our minds?,” Jenny went on to employment opportunities in law firms, brain injury rehabilitation facilities, and behavioral therapy for children with autism. Jenny has pursued Ph.D. studies in clinical developmental cognitive neuroscience, and eventually completed her Ph.D. at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (2006) with a joint degree in psychology and women’s studies. Her research interests include creativity in art, science and education; women in the sciences; adolescent social and identity development since the onset of computer-mediated communication; and sexuality studies. This year Jenny is teaching an FYP (“The Creative Process”), Gender Studies 103, and an FYS in spring 2014 called “Identity in the Internet Age.” When not teaching, Jenny loves to “unplug” from technology and hike the Smoky Mountains; knit everything imaginable, from bowls and vessels to sculptural lamps; draw, paint, sculpt, and write; and sing in the Gospel Choir!
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- This year Jenny is teaching an FYP (“The Creative Process”), Gender Studies 103, and an FYS in Spring 2014 called “Identity in the Internet Age.”