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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Janine Solberg

Contact Information:

210A Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-3560
f: 413-545-3880


Assistant Professor

Janine Solberg is an Assistant Professor of English. She joined the UMass faculty in the Fall of 2007 and teaches in the Department's Professional Writing and Technical Communications Program .

She holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in writing studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research interests span the field of rhetoric and composition, though she is particularly interested in technical communication, digital media, gender, and histories of technology and literate activity.  She is currently working on a book-length project that analyzes the intersections of gender, technology, and literacy in early twentieth century American career advice texts for women.

At the University of Illinois, she directed the Programs in Professional Writing and helped develop and run communication workshops for the Mid-America Earthquake Center.  She has taught courses in business and technical writing, web design, and an advanced composition course called Writing with Video .

Areas of Specialization: American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric Studies, Book History and Textual Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Professional Writing & Technical Communication, Theory and Cultural Studies