Jennifer Hardy Williams

Jennifer Williams


Professor Williams completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California, Irvine. She received her bachelor of arts summa cum laude in English literature, with a minor in European history. She went on to complete her master of arts and PhD in English literature with a dissertation titled Ghosts in the Machine: Modernism's Religious Other. Professor Williams joined the Calvin College English department in 2005.


Favorite Books

  • Lord Jim and The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Gift of Death by Jacques Derrida
  • the Sandman series and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Hellsing by Kohta Hirano
  • Black Butler by Yana Toboso
  • Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose


  • Drinking coffee
  • Altered books
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Watching movies (the quirkier the better) with husband Dale
  • Searching for the perfect shade of violet for her dining room
  • Playing with her kids Nathan and Zelda
  • Laundry (she finds folding clothes very soothing)
  • All things vampiric
  • Drinking more coffee

Additional information

Academic interests

  • British modernism
  • Critical theory
  • Ethics and literature
  • Deconstruction
  • Comics and graphic novels
  • Mini-comics
  • Popular culture
  • Anime and manga
  • Mixed-media arts
  • Twentieth-century aesthetic theory


Professor Williams is currently finishing a book on the ways in which female authors in the modernist period use religious discourse to form and contest identity. She received a grant from the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship for the 2008-09 school year to do research for that project. She is also working on a project with Prof. Chris Smit from CAS on Lady Gaga and the erotics of consumer culture.


  • Sabbatical, Calvin College, Spring 2014
  • Participant at the School of Criticism and Theory Cornell University, Summer 2013
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship Small Grant, Calvin College, 2013-2014

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