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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English


Clara Belle Williams Hall
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Kristian Jensen
Visiting Assistant Professor


Office Address:
NMSU Department of English
MSC 3E, P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003



Biographical Statement
I joined the English Department at New Mexico State University in 2012.  Among my primary research interests are the intersections of the socials sciences and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and American Indian literatures and mythologies.  My dissertation investigates the influence of anthropology upon narrative in novels, autobiographies, and travelogues by several nineteenth-century American writers, including Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Rollin Ridge (Cherokee), and my master's thesis investigates the role of compulsory assimilative boarding schools for American Indians as a metaphor for Medieval subjecthood and nation-building in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.  Currently, I am researching the incorporation of, and reactions against, anthropological definitions of traditional American Indian beliefs in novels of the American Indian Renaissance.

Courses Recently Taught

  • English 438: Literature of the American Renaissance:  Building "America"
  • English 341V: American Indian Literature
  • English 251:  The Beginnings of American Literary Traditions
  • English 244G: The Heroic Journey

Departmental Projects
I am acting as general editor, creator, and organizer for a new online journal for and by American Indian students at NMSU.

Selected Publications
Review of The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico, by James H. Cox, in Melus: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, September, 2013.

"The Noble Werewolf: American Indian Shape-Shifter Stories and Twilight."  In Approaching Twilight: Essays on a Cultural Phenomenon.  McFarland and Company Press. Fall 2010.