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Dr Emily Bernhard Jackson


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Bernhard Jackson grew up in the lively metropolis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, leading a life punctuated by frequent trips to New York City.  She undertook her undergraduate work at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa, then took a long pause before pursuing her postgraduate degrees in the Boston area: she has an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.  After publishing articles on Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Pre-Raphaelite paintings of scenes from Romantic and Victorian poems, and composition and rhetoric, she published her first book, The Development of Byron's Philosophy of Knowledge: Certain in Uncertainty (Palgrave, 2010).  After leaving Brandeis, she became an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arkansas (2005-11), then the Writing Skills Director at Homerton and Robinson Colleges, Cambridge University, as well as Director of Studies for Part I of English at Robinson (variously, 2009-12).

Dr. Bernhard Jackson has a lively fascination with clothing both inside and outside of literature, and is a keen fan of The Divine Comedy (the band); she has a remarkable knowledge of the trivia of 1980s pop music.  She admires a well-turned sentence and has for many years deplored the comma splice. It drives her crazy when people call her "Dr. Jackson": it really is "Bernhard Jackson."