Jennifer Horwitz’s teaching and research focuses on multi-ethnic US literature, ecocriticism and environmental justice, critical pedagogy and place-based education, and 20th- and 21st-century literature. She is particularly interested in the role literature plays in revealing the relationship between the dominant education system and environmental (in)justice. Her current project argues that stories are essential in relearning an ethics of and connection to place.
In addition to writing about education, Horwitz is invested in the possibilities for social change that exist within classrooms and other educational spaces. She has taught for several years in the First-Year Writing Program at Tufts University, where she is a PhD candidate. There, she designed courses such as Perceiving Environments, in which students explored the many ways environmental issues impact their communities, such as their shared college campus. She has also tutored and mentored students in many contexts, including English language learners, students in under-resourced K-12 public schools, undergraduate senior thesis writers and scholarship and grant applicants.