Janelle Jennings-Alexander, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Janelle Jennings-Alexander, WPU Professor

Janelle was born in Pennsylvania, but calls Atlanta, GA, home. As the daughter of a military service man, her early experiences living in diverse communities across America has driven her interest in exploring how we as people define home, and how people from different backgrounds relate to create their community. A self professed nerd, Janelle loves Sci-Fi, superheroes and some good dystopian fiction.

“WPU is special because the university has the uncanny ability to attract students, staff and faculty who all seem to care about the world and about understanding their place within it.”


  • BA English, Florida A&M University
  • MS Transformative Leadership, Bethune Cookman University
  • Ph.D., Florida State University

Activities & Honors


  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
  • College Language Association (CLA)
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
  • College English Association (CEA)

Civic Engagement

  • New Leader Mentor, Girl Scout Council of North Carolina Coastal Pines

Research & Publications


  • “A Review of Orange Crushed by Pamela Thomas-Graham.” Book Review. College Language Association Journal. (April 2015)
  • “Bridge over Troubled Waters: Perils and Possibilities of a Whiteness Critique in the Study of African American Literature.” Presentation. College English Association (March 30, 2017)


  • ‘Reading Whiteness: Applying a Lens of Critical Whiteness to 21st Century Black Authored Texts.’ Dissertation. Florida State University. (In Progress)