Jennifer Holly Wells is a Ph.D. candidate in Drew University’s Modern History and Literature program, with degree expected May 2009. She earned her B.A. in English literature from the College of Saint Benedict in 1998, her M.A. in Modern History and Literature from Drew in 2001, and her M.Phil. from Drew in 2003.  Jennifer studies American 20th century literature in its historical context, focusing her research on Midwestern regionalism.  Her work centers on the connections between early and late 20th century literary movements, using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the role of history, community, and even meteorology in literary texts.  Prior to joining the Caspersen School faculty in 2006, she was a part-time lecturer for the English department at Drew, teaching both writing and literature courses.  In 2005, Jennifer won the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Teaching-Mentoring award.