Jill Lamberton joined the Wabash College faculty in 2009, and has taught both English and Rhetoric courses at the College. She is an Honorary Member of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies at Wabash and has also served on the Advisory Board of the MXIBS. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest and attending high school in Southern California, Prof. Lamberton came to the Midwest to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. A specialist in the teaching of writing and in 19th-century British literature, her courses range from Academic and Professional Writing to Audio Rhetoric to the Victorian novel. George Eliot is one of the authors she most admires.
In her research, Prof. Lamberton studies women’s rhetorical strategies for entering higher education in the nineteenth-century. She looks specifically at extra-curricular writing—including campus magazines, song lyrics, short fiction, letters, and diaries—to understand how students used writing to translate the cultures and expectations of elite universities like Cambridge and Harvard. One fruitful moment in this research was Prof. Lamberton’s rediscovery of diary kept in 1883-84 by Alice Longfellow (daughter of the famous poet) while Longfellow was studying at Newnham College, Cambridge, and simultaneously serving on the committee that founded Radcliffe College.
This project has confirmed Prof. Lamberton’s deep appreciation of the power of college students’ writing—as a central practice in their formation as thinkers and as evidence of their ability to enact change when they join forces and put their minds to it.
In her free time, Prof. Lamberton loves to read, spend time with her family, and travel. She has lived in Italy and Spain and recently joined a group of Wabash students on a tour of Ireland as part of their course on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Such experiences have made her an advocate for study abroad; she also thinks everyone needs to spend time in the Pacific Northwest (a.k.a. “God’s Country”). She likes to bake, and has been known to set a tray of homemade cookies outside her office door in order to lure students in for conversation and writing advice.
Ph.D. English & Education (Rhetoric & Composition), University of Michigan, 2007
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2005
M.A. English Studies (Victorian Literature), Western Washington University, 1998
B.A. English, Religion, and Spanish, Walla Walla College, 1996
ENG 101 – College Writing
ENG 105 – Introduction to Poetry
ENG 202 – Writing with Power and Grace
ENG 300 – The Victorian Novel and its American Reception
ENG 410 – Academic and Professional Writing
RHE 101 – Introduction to Public Speaking
RHE 290 / ENG 210 – Audio Rhetoric and Creative Writing
Freshman Tutorial – “Get Up, Stand Up!”: American Civil Rights in Music, Text, and Film
“Sound Studies, Radio Broadcast, and Maude Royden’s Pastoral Voice,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014
“Nineteenth-century Educational Travel Writing: Early Global Feminism?” Feminisms and Rhetorics 9th Biennial Conference, 2013
“Letter Columns in Student Magazines: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Transatlantic Strategies for Securing Access to Elite Higher Education,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2009
“‘The lamp in the spine does not light on beef and prunes’: Virginia Woolf on Privileged Dining and Intellectual Work,” Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, International Virginia Woolf Society Session, 2007
“‘It’s rather dreadful when you haven’t got any particular lines’: College Women Teach Each Other to Speak Their Minds, 1870-1900,” Rhetoric Society of America, 2006
“‘A revelation and a delight’: Nineteenth-century Cambridge Women, Academic Collaboration, and the Cultural Work of Student Writing,” College Composition and Communication 65.4 (June 2014): 560-87.
“Out Loud: The Common Language of Poetry,” Lindsay Ellis, Anne Ruggles Gere, and Jill Lamberton, English Journal 93.1 (September 2003) 44-49.
Work in Progress
Public Speaking and Democratic Participation: Speaking, Listening, and Deliberating in the Civic Realm, Jennifer Abbott, Todd McDorman, David Timmerman, and Jill Lamberton, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“The Rhetoric of Influence in the Construction of Institutional Memory: The Case of Alice Longfellow and the ‘Harvard Annex,’” in-progress for submission to Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
The Gladstone Scholarship, Gladstone’s Library (formerly St. Deiniol’s Library), Hawarden, Wales, 2011
Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, 2008
Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2005
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, 2005
David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2005
Korzenik Research Fellowship, Friends of the Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge, MA, 2004
MAJORS & MINORS
- ACCOUNTING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE (MINOR)
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (MINOR)
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE