Jennifer is reading for a Ph.D. in Children’s Literature at Dublin City University and is in receipt of the School of English Doctoral Scholarship. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between feminist theories of power and empowerment and the creative work of Irish author Louise O’Neill in the context of contemporary young adult literature. Her MA thesis was shortlisted for the ISSCL’s Biennial Award for an Outstanding Thesis in Children’s Literature 2015 – 2017. She was awarded the John Killeen medal in 2010 for her creative thesis (a collection of poetry facilitated by writer in residence at DCU, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill).
Before becoming a primary school teacher, Jennifer worked as an actor and writer for a number of years. She had radio and stage plays produced by RTE Radio and Tall Tales Theatre Company. Her poetry has been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Jennifer worked as a script reader for the Abbey, Ireland’s National theatre and as a reviewer for Gobblefunked.com – a platform for reviewing Children’s and YA Literature.
Outside of juggling a full time job with tutoring and lecturing, and her Ph.D. research, Jennifer loves cooking delicious things and then running them off.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @mooneyjennifer1