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Jordana Finnegan, Ph.D.

English Instructor and English Department Co-Chair

Language Arts Division

(650) 949-7646


Foothill campus
Office: 6026


I will be out on a Professional Development Leave in Spring Quarter 2019 and will be back on campus in Fall Quarter 2019. I will be checking email infrequently during Spring Quarter.

Professor Amber La Piana will be the English Department Co-Chair in Spring Quarter 2019 and I will not be serving in this role. Please contact Professor La Piana with any matters related to the English Department at:


Spring Quarter 2019: on Professional Development Leave.


B.A. in English (Honors College), University of Oregon
M.A. in English, University of Oregon
Ph.D. in English and American Literature, University of Oregon (2005)
Certificate in the Teaching of Composition, San Francisco State University (2013)

"Note from the Field." California Northern Magazine: A New Regionalism Issue 3 (Summer/Fall 2011)

Book: Narrating the American West: New Forms of Historical Memory (Cambria Press, 2008)

Journal article: "Refiguring Legacies of Personal and Cultural Dysfunction in Janet Campbell Hale's Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter." Studies in American Indian Literatures 19.3 (Fall 2007)

Book Review: Neil Campbell, The Cultures of the American New West. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (2002)

Jordana grew up near Santa Cruz, California and has also lived in Arizona, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. Both her Ph.D. dissertation and book analyze race, gender, and landscape in memoirs by diverse writers from the American West. She specializes in teaching American literature, Native American literature, and composition, critical thinking, and reading.

Personal Quote:

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

--James Baldwin

Last update: 2019-03-27
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