Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and communications strategist. As owner of The Academic Designer LLC, Jennifer works with professors, researchers, and organizations to share their work with the world. She helps people use online spaces like websites and social media effectively.

Jennifer got her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing from Naropa University in Writing and Poetics where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow. She has an Master of Arts (MA) in English Literature and Culture from University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she was a finalist for the Outstanding Masters Award. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and Creative Writing from Monmouth University.


Jennifer van Alstyne’s poetry has been published in journals like The Citron ReviewCOG, Crack the Spine, ELKEThe Foundling Review, Paper NautilusStonecoast Review, and Sweet Tree Review. Read Jennifer’s poetry.

Jennifer was Poetry Editor of Bombay Gin. And, she was an Associate Editor for the poetics journal, Something on Paper. She loved working with poets and writers as a faculty liaison during the Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School.


Jennifer runs The Social Academic, a blog about managing your online presence in the Higher Education world. It was named a top 100 Higher Education blog by Feedspot. Jennifer van Alstyne shares interviews and in-depth advice articles.

She writes articles and book chapters about social media for academics. She was an invited speaker at the All Day All Night 24-hour global conference for education sector communicators and digital marketers. Jennifer is a member of the professional association for social media in Higher Education, HigherEdSocial. She serves on the Steering Committee for the All Day All Night Conference.

Her primary area of research is place, landscape, and representations of nature in poetry. She’s published peer-reviewed and popular articles about poetry and literature. As a poetry critic, she was a book reviews editor, and reviewed contemporary poetry collections.

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Jennifer lives in San Diego with her fiancé, Matthew M. Pincus and their two rescue cats, Bartlet and Ash. She loves television. And, working from home.

Connect with her on social media @JenVanAlstyne and @HigherEdPR.

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