Jan Whitt is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Having begun her career as a reporter and editor in Texas, Professor Whitt recently completed a manuscript entitled Women in American Journalism: A New History (2007). She also published Allegory and the Modern Southern Novel (1993). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American and British literature, literary journalism, media studies, news reporting, popular culture, and writing. Her research focuses on diversity issues in literature and contemporary media.
Her articles appear in American Journalism, Clues, Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal of the West, Journalism Educator, Popular Culture Review, Society of Environmental Journalists Journal, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Studies, Studies in Popular Culture, and the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. She has chapters in several books that deal with the history of women’s press clubs, women in local television, lesbian publications, Southern literature, detective fiction and film, and American literature. Professor Whitt received her B.A. degree in English and Journalism from Baylor University in 1977 and her M.A. in English from Baylor in 1980. She then received a doctorate in English from the University of Denver in 1985.