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Von Cannon, Jordan (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Language & Literature
Office: RH 0112
Phone: 239-590-7175

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Ph.D. in English, minor in Women's and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University
MA in English, University of Kansas

Research and Teaching Interests

Early American literature, 19th-century American literature, U.S. women writers, digital humanities, travel writing, gender & sexuality studies, and feminist theory


  • "Prostitution, Primitivism, Performativity: The Bare Life in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle." Studies in American Naturalism. 10.1 (Summer 2015): 41-59.
  • "Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Palmer: The Path to Female Self-Determination in Austen's Sense and Sensibility." Co-authored with Kathleen Anderson, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal. 30 (2008): 135-48.


  • "Dreams of Youth: The Girl, the Writer, and the Nation in Catharine Sedgwick's Letters from Abroad" for Transatlantic Girlhood

In Progress

  • Idle Women: Female Development in the American City, 1830-1900 (monograph)

Conference Presentations

  • “Transatlantic Departures: Mapping Catharine Sedgwick’s 1839-1840 Tour Abroad” Recovery and Alternatives to Print Publication. Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 2018.
  • “Does Money Matter?: Digital Humanities Outside Research Institutions” Promoting Digital Humanities. Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 2018.
  • “Liminality and the Grad-Student Life” Crossing Gendered Boundaries: Professional and Life Stages in Academia. Modern Language Association, January 2017.
  • “She Said, He Said: Rhetoric, Sexual Assault, and the University” Co-Presented with Stacey Amo at the Modern Language Association, January 2016.
  • “Neither Married Nor Single: Sedgwick’s Alternate Paths of Female Development” Presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 2015.
  • “Eavesdropping on the City: Female Privacy and Narrative Form in Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Urban Fiction” Presented at the American Literature Association Symposium, September 2015.
  • “Leaving Home a Second Time: Narrative Voice and City Space in Catharine Sedgwick’s Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home” Presented at the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Symposium, June 2014.
  • “‘A person among people’: Working for Identity in Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers” Presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, October 2012.
  • “Fighting the ‘flippant idlers of fashionable life’: Prescriptive Education in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Clarence and Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth” American Literature Association Conference, May 2012.
  • “When People...have anything with a price, they ought to sell it’: Packinghouses, Prostitutes, and the Working Girl in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle” Presented at the Mardi Gras Conference, February 2012.
  • “Regionalism and The Foreign Reader: Narrative Strategies in The Country of the Pointed Firs and The Awakening” Presented at the Mid-America American Studies Association Conference, March 2010.
  • “At Home: Dual Models of Domesticity in Catharine Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie” Presented at the tenth annual Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society Symposium, May 2007. 

Grants & Awards

  • Faculty Research Scholarship Venture Capital Fund, Co-collaborator for the SWFL Community Feminist Reading Group, Florida Gulf Coast University, Spring 2019
  • Professional Development Enhancement Award, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fall 2018
  • Seidler Collaborative Fellowship, Florida Gulf Coast University, Summer 2018
  • Digital Humanities Travel Award, Florida Gulf Coast University, Spring 2018
  • Lewis P. Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award, Louisiana State University, 2017
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee, Louisiana State University, 2016
  • Spring/Summer Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Louisiana State University, 2016
  • HASTAC Scholar Fellowship Recipient for a digital humanities project on Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home, 2013-2016

Vice President of Publications for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)

Vice President of Digital Resources for the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Co-coordinator of the Minor in Gender Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University