Jennifer Zenovich earned her BS in Political Science and her MA in Communication at CSU Fresno. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she received her PhD in Communication with an emphasis on Rhetoric and Performance, Women and Gender studies, and Critical Cultural studies.
Jennifer’s research uses postsocialism as theoretical frame and global condition to analyze communication of and about gender, race, class, and nation in capitalism. She focuses on feminist strategies for coalition and social justice by theorizing the performative possibilities of resistance at the borders (of identities, nations, genders, bodies). Her dissertation analyzes how women in the former Yugoslavia perform gender in the transition from socialism to capitalism by considering how the transition affects their material and symbolic relationships to property. Much of her work hinges on the claim that the rhetoric of property is the nexus of power and oppression. Her recent publications focus on discourses of property as they are employed in diaspora, human rights, international/intercultural communication, sexual violence, indigenous land acknowledgement, and international disputes.
She is currently teaching Rhetoric 1B.