Jenny Stone earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa before joining the Rhetoric Department faculty in 2016. Her scholarly research concerns trauma-informed critical pedagogy; place studies; the rhetoric of religion; theories of humor; the intersection of science, religion, and political thought in science fiction; gender studies; 19th-century and contemporary literature of the United States; the rhetoric of apology; and the language of mass incarceration in America.
Besides teaching on campus, Dr. Stone also teaches with the University of Iowa Liberal Arts Beyond Bars (LABB) program at Oakdale Prison in Coralville. She serves on LABB’s board of advisors, and she runs the Success in Rhetoric (SiR) tutoring program at the Rhetoric Department’s satellite writing center at Oakdale. In addition, Dr. Stone has served for the past six years as a mentor for the Guardian Scholars Foundation, a program supporting college students who are exiting the foster care system.
Dr. Stone is a fan of using digital projects in her courses, including exploring the genre of video essays in Rhetoric 3630: Apology & the Art of Verbal Self-Defense, examining digital protest art for Rhetoric 1030, and crafting websites as vehicles for persuasion in Rhetoric 1040: Writing and Reading. Therefore, her students become very familiar with the Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL) Media Studio.
Prior to coming to the University of Iowa in 2009, Dr. Stone taught middle school ESL and high school English, worked as special-education aide, wrote language-arts content for standardized tests, and tutored English to migrant workers.
A native of coastal California, Dr. Stone finds Iowa horizons equally delightful: the ever-changing clouds in the skies, the undulating tallgrass prairie in high winds, the lake views at Squire Point. Dr. Stone highly recommends that her students find a favorite hiking trail while making University of Iowa home.