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James, Jenny

Jenny James, Ph.D. is keenly interested in the role of women and animals in world religious traditions.In her graduate and post graduate work, she explores the sacred feminine and the relation of the goddess to her canine theriomorphic representative in Native American traditions.This journey into the reconstruction of women and animals in ancient religions has been aided by her undergraduate work in Biblical Studies at the University of Tennessee, and her graduate work in Religion and Literature, Hermeneutics, Natural Theology and Medieval Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Jenny has worked as a humanities and public policy grant writer, as a clinical research laboratory manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and as an adjunct instructor at Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College Sylva, North Carolina.Jenny has taught on the Qualla Boundary (the Cherokee Reservation) in North Carolina, and is currently an intern with the Health and Medical Division of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.Her next essay, “The Sacred Feminine in Cherokee Culture:Healing and Identity”, will appear in April in the Continuing American Indian Series published by the University of Alabama Press entitled Under the Rattlesnake:Cherokee Health and Resiliency.

Currently, she is preparing a manuscript on the woman and dog relationship in world religions.In her hobby time, Jenny draws and paints wildlife, practices rockabilly guitar, and writes and illustrates children’s stories.

Contact Dr. James: jxjames@ucmo.edu