Jennifer Holberg

Jennifer Holberg


Professor Holberg was granted a bachelor of arts in English and history from New Mexico State University in 1990; she graduated with the highest honors as the university's valedictorian. She went from there to the University of Washington, where she completed her master of arts and PhD in English in 1991 and 1997. She joined the English department faculty at Calvin in 1998.


Recent Activities

Professor Holberg has worked with faculty and students, and previously taught the inaugural course for students who live on the honors floor in Van Reken Hall. With Ken Bratt, she guest edited a special issue of The Journal of Education and Christian Belief on honors education. Her book, Shouts and Whispers: 21 Writers Speak About Their Writing and Their Faith, was published by Eerdmans in 2006 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She recently completed a three year term serving as Calvin's head teaching fellow, training and mentoring new Calvin College faculty and assisting with faculty development across the campus. She also serves as the chair of the National Advisory Board of the Buechner Institute, located in Bristol, TN.

Favorite Books

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
  • The short stories and essays of Flannery O’Connor
  • The work of Marilynne Robinson
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • The poetry of Christian Wiman, Jane Kenyon, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Tennyson

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Academic interests

  • The scholarship of teaching
  • 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century British literature
  • the "middlebrow" woman novelist (currently working on a book-length study of the writer E.M. Delafield)
  • the intersections of faith and literature


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