Jill Lamberton joined the Wabash College faculty in 2009 and teaches both English and Rhetoric courses at the College. She is an Honorary Member of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies at Wabash and has also served on the Advisory Board of the MXIBS. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest and attending high school in Southern California, Prof. Lamberton came to the Midwest to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. A specialist in the teaching of writing and in 19th-century British literature, her courses range from Audio Rhetoric to African American Literature to the Victorian novel. (You can listen to Prof. Lamberton's students discuss their work in the Audio Rhetoric course on this Wabash on My Mind podcast.)
Prof. Lamberton is writing a book on women’s rhetorical strategies for entering higher education in the nineteenth-century. She looks specifically at extra-curricular writing—including campus magazines, song lyrics, short fiction, letters, and diaries—to understand how students used writing to translate the cultures and expectations of elite universities like Cambridge and Harvard. One fruitful moment in this research was Prof. Lamberton’s rediscovery of diary kept in 1883-84 by Alice Longfellow (daughter of the famous poet) while Longfellow was studying at Newnham College, Cambridge, and simultaneously serving on the committee that founded Radcliffe College.
This project has confirmed Prof. Lamberton’s deep appreciation of the power of college students’ writing—as a central practice in their formation as thinkers and as evidence of their ability to enact change when they join forces and put their minds to it.
In a new research project, Prof. Lamberton considers sound studies and, in particular, the power of oratory and audio storytelling in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is researching the life of A. Maude Royden, an English activist and public speaker who traveled the globe and had a popular BBC radio show in the 1930s and 1940s.
Prof. Lamberton has lived in Italy and Spain and recently joined a group of Wabash students on a tour of Ireland as part of their course on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Such experiences have made her an advocate for study abroad. In her time off, Prof. Lamberton likes to read, bake, spend time with her family, and travel.
Ph.D. English & Education (Rhetoric & Composition), University of Michigan, 2007
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2005
M.A. English Studies (Victorian Literature), Western Washington University, 1998
B.A. English, Religion, and Spanish, Walla Walla College, 1996
ENG 101 – College Writing
ENG 109 – Literature in Translation: Dante's Divine Comedy
ENG 202 – Writing with Power and Grace
ENG 216 – Introduction to Shakespeare and Film
ENG 218 – British Literature 1800-1900
ENG 300 – The Victorian Novel and its American Reception
ENG 360 – African American Literature for Page and Stage
RHE 290 / ENG 210 – Audio Rhetoric and Creative Writing
Freshman Tutorial – “Get Up, Stand Up!”: American Civil Rights in Music, Text, and Film
“Sound Studies, Radio Broadcast, and Maude Royden’s Pastoral Voice,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014
“Nineteenth-century Educational Travel Writing: Early Global Feminism?” Feminisms and Rhetorics 9th Biennial Conference, 2013
“Letter Columns in Student Magazines: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Transatlantic Strategies for Securing Access to Elite Higher Education,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2009
“‘The lamp in the spine does not light on beef and prunes’: Virginia Woolf on Privileged Dining and Intellectual Work,” Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, International Virginia Woolf Society Session, 2007
“‘It’s rather dreadful when you haven’t got any particular lines’: College Women Teach Each Other to Speak Their Minds, 1870-1900,” Rhetoric Society of America, 2006
Public Speaking and Democratic Participation: Speaking, Listening, and Deliberating in the Civic Realm, Jennifer Abbott, Todd McDorman, David Timmerman, and Jill Lamberton, Oxford University Press, 2015.
“‘A revelation and a delight’: Nineteenth-century Cambridge Women, Academic Collaboration, and the Cultural Work of Student Writing,” College Composition and Communication 65.4 (June 2014): 560-87.
“Out Loud: The Common Language of Poetry,” Lindsay Ellis, Anne Ruggles Gere, and Jill Lamberton, English Journal 93.1 (September 2003) 44-49.
Work in Progress
“The Rhetoric of Influence in the Construction of Institutional Memory: The Case of Alice Longfellow and the ‘Harvard Annex,’” in-progress for submission to Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
The Gladstone Scholarship, Gladstone’s Library (formerly St. Deiniol’s Library), Hawarden, Wales, 2011
Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, 2008
Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2005
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, 2005
David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2005
Korzenik Research Fellowship, Friends of the Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge, MA, 2004
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE (MINOR)
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE