Dr. April Herndon

PhD in American Studies, Michigan State University

After completing her PhD, April taught Science and Technology Studies in Michigan State’s Lyman Briggs School of Science and then went on to teach Women’s Studies and Biology classes at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. In 2005, April left academia to spend a year as the Director of Programming for the Intersex Society of North America. Although that work was rewarding, April missed teaching and campus life and decided it was time to come back to academia. In fall of 2006, April joined Winona State University as a joint appointment in English and Women’s and Gender Studies.

April specializes in Contemporary American Literature but has a broad range of teaching and scholarly interests. Most of her scholarly work focuses on representations of obesity in a wide array of texts, such as medical narratives, literature and popular culture. April’s scholarship on obesity has been published in journals such as National Women’s Studies Association and The Journal of Social Semiotics.