San Francisco Botanic Garden, shot inside the tropical greenhouse of ferns and palms
Jennifer van Alstyne

Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and communications strategist. As owner of The Academic Designer LLC, Jennifer empowers professors, researchers, and organizations to share what they do with the world. Especially in online spaces like websites and social media.

Jennifer got her MFA in Writing from Naropa University in Writing and Poetics where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow. She has an MA in English Literature and Culture from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Literature and Cultural Studies where she was a finalist for the Outstanding Master’s Award. She received her 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 each month.

She writes articles and book chapters about social media for academics. And, was an invited speaker at the All Day All Night 24-hour global conference for education sector communicators and digital marketers.

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.

Connect with Jennifer on ResearchGate and GoogleScholar. Or, find her on LinkedIn.


Jennifer lives in San Diego with her fiancé, Matthew M. Pincus and their two rescue cats, Bartlet and Ash.

She practices ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging when the cats don’t try to eat the flowers.

She also loves television. And, working from home.

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