Dr. Jackie K. White

Professor, Department of English Studies

Areas of expertise:
Poetry, Creative Writing, and Literary Translation Studies
Latino/a and Latin American Literature, Early American and U.S. Literature, Native American Literature
Young Adult Literature and Secondary Education

PhD, English (Creative Writing: Poetry, Latino/Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005
M.A., English (Creative Writing: Poetry and American Literature), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1986
B.A., English and History, Eureka College, 1983
Type 09 Teaching Certificate, Northern Illinois University

Celebration of Scholarship Mentor:
Caminos De Michoacan
Undergraduate Student Project in Social Sciences

Breaking with Tradition: Sherman Alexie and Lorraine Hansberry Change the English Canon
Undergraduate Student Project in Humanities

Feminine Insurgency: A Character Analysis of The Metamorphosis and A Raisin in the Sun
Undergraduate Student Project in Humanities

Marxism Brings Two Texts Together: The Metamorphosis and A Raisin in the Sun
Undergraduate Student Project in Education

English 111                 “College Writing I”
English 112                 “College Writing II”
English 220/339          “Topics in World Literature: Latin American Writers”
English 228/338          “Adolescent/Young Adult Literature”
English 235                 “U.S. Literature: Survey 1 (Beginnings to 1865)”
English 234                 “Introduction to Poetry”
English 341                 “Advanced Study in American Literature”
English 346                 “Latina/Latino Literature”
English 347                 “Native American Literature”

ALA: American Literary Associations
ALTA: American Literary Translators Association
AWP: Associated Writing Programs
MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S.
MLA: Modern Language Association
NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English


  • Faculty Scholar for “Chapbook Manuscript: Solve for X”
  • Sabbatical, Fall 2013
  • Translations Editor, EIL: Escape into Life.com, 2013—
  • Guest Poetry Editor, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fall Issue, 2013
  • Faculty Scholar Award, Fall 2012
  • Chair, Department of English, 2009-2011
  • Editor, RHINO, 1999-2009
  • LASO Faculty of the Year Award/Honorary Membership, 2009
  • Faculty Award, Employee Reward and Recognition, Lewis University, 2009
  • Fellowship/residency, the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, 2007
  • University Fellowship Award, UIC, 2004-05
  • Graduate Prize in Gender and Women’s Studies, UIC, 2004
  • Charles Goodnow Creative Writing Award in Poetry, UIC, 2003 and 2001
  • Fellowship/residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2002
  • Nominee for the AWP Award, 2001
  • Fellowship/residency, the Ragdale Foundation, 2000
  • Soon-Heng Lim Award for Dedication to Community and Teaching Excellence, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1997
  • Summa cum laude undergraduate

 Recent Publications:
White, J. (2017, September). A comparative study of the teaching of literature in the U.S. and Mexico as a reflection of national culture and of our Lasallian mission of service to the poor. Concurrent session panel presentation at the 5th International Symposium on Lasallian Research, Winona, MN.

White, J. K. (2015). Young adult and children’s literature. In F. Aldama (Ed.) Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches (pp. 192-201). London: Routledge.

Under review: Something Worth Saying: Essays on Caribbean Women’s Literature, 1981-1997 by Sherezada Vicioso (translation).

Come clearing (poems), Dancing Girl Press, 2012

Solicited Review of Puerto Rican Poetry: An Anthology from Aboriginal to Contemporary Times by Roberto Márquez. 2007.  Caribbean Studies 2009.

The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City by Miguel Cesar Rondon (translation), UNC Press 2008

Petal-Tearing & Other Variations (poems), Finishing Line Press, 2007

Bestiary Charming (poems), Anabiosis Press, 2007

Solicited Review of Killing Spanish by Lyn DiIorio Sandín. Latino Studies 4:1-2, Spring/Summer 2006

Recent Presentations:
White, J. K. (2015, April). Julia Alvarez’s young adult fiction: New coordinates of Latina/o literary production. Paper presented at the 2nd Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference, New York, NY.

White, J. K. (2014, November). Talking politics and religion: ‘New world’ texts refiguring Genesis. Paper presented at the annual American Literary Translators Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

“Also Crossing Borders: Canonical Latina/o Writers’ Novels for Young Adults,” for the MELUS panel at ALA, Boston, May 24-27, 2013

“Layers of Transparency: Teaching Latino/a Literature through Theory,” for the 1st Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference: Haciendo Caminos: Mapping the Futures of U.S. Latina/o Literatures, John Jay College of Law, NYC, March 7-9, 2013

“Building Pre-Service Teacher Awareness and Understanding through Multicultural Literature,” with Dorene Huvaere, Deb Augsburger, and Chris Palmi, ATE (Association of Teacher Educators), Chicago, February 15, 2009

“Remapping the Imaginary: Latino/a Poets Interrogate Poetic Forms of Identity,” MELUS, Spokane, April 5, 2009

“Empowering Student Writers to Contribute to Social Change,” ACCA (Association of Colleges of the Chicago Area), Lewis, September 18, 2008

“Puritan Typology in Contemporary Poetry,” IPA, (Illinois Philological Association), Springfield, April, 2007

“No Field of Dreams, ‘But if you pick up a crowbar … they listen real fast’: Observations from Under the Feet of Jesus on Contemporary Latina Writing, Cultural Border-Crossing, and Student Consciousness Raising,”  IPA, Bloomington, April, 2006

“Hybridization across Borders: Gender and Genre in Like Water for Chocolate and Loving Pedro Infante,” NWSA (NationalWomen’s Studies Association), Milwaukee, June 2004

Scholarly Presentations:

White, J. K. (2018, July). The power of story: adding your chapter to the Lasallian narrative. Lecture and workshop presentation, International Lasallian Leadership Summer Program, Niteroi, Brazil.

White, J. K. (2018, July). Sharing the same boat: literary lessons in cross-cultural acceptance and collaboration. Lecture and workshop presentation, Lasallian Leadership Summer Program, Niteroi, Brazil.

Scholarly Publications:

Muench, S. & White, J. K. (2019). “Against teleology”, “Coda”, and “Portrait as Landscape: Of grisly, of lovely.” The Journal. 43:2. Retrieved from http://thejournalmag.org/

Muench, S. & White, J.K. (2018). “Let’s tell ourselves the truth” and “My body is an endless eye.” Isthmus. Issue 8. Retrieved from http://www.isthmusreview.com/

Muench, S. & White, J.K. (2018). “Portrait as landscape: Not the fox.” Cincinnati Review: The MiCRo Series. 10 October 2018. Retrieved from https://www.cincinnatireview.com/2018/10/

Muench, S. & J.K. White. (2019). “Department of brokenness,” “Disclosure,” and “Solve for X.” Posit

White, J. (2018). The firstextraction. Tupelo Quarterly, 4 (14).http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/

White, J. (2018). Grief rows: the best of 2012. Tupelo Quarterly, 4 (14). http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/

White, J. (2018). Looking south. Tupelo Quarterly, 4 (14). http://www.tupeloquarterly.com

White, J. K. (2015, April). The necessity of poetry. Speech presented at the annual AAUW Geneva Branch Creative Writing Awards Ceremony, St. Charles, IL.

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