Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D.
Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., has been teaching English literature at Loyola since 2001. She has created a variety of courses that focus on American literature as it pertains to race, gender, urban and natural landscapes, and its place in culture through various decades and social movements. In 2016, Dr. Cole was named the inaugural Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, a leadership position that provides vision and direction in fostering community-engaged learning and scholarship among faculty and students, both undergraduate and graduate. Dr. Cole, who grew up in Nebraska and Iowa, received her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship focuses on multiethnic American writers, American periodicals, and American visual culture, among other topics.
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I want students to appreciate the aesthetic value of literature, but also its power in shaping thought and transforming people’s lives.