Jennifer van Alstyne writes about online presence for professors and researchers. She also shares research on literature and poetry. Read her articles, interviews, and reviews below.



“How to Use Videos on Your Personal Scientist Website”

Guest Post: Animate Your Science


“How Talking About Yourself Helps People Connect with You”

Guest Post: Jane CoomberSewell blog

Book chapter: “Social Media: From Deleted to Private, Private to Public Profiles”

Successes and Setbacks of Social Media: Impact on Academic Life, edited by Cheyenne Seymour, Wiley-Blackwell


“5 Ways Social Media Helped Me as a WOC, and Tips for You”

Guest Post: The Professor Is In blog

“Don’t Let Social Media Anxiety Hold You Back”

Guest Post: Dr. Caitlin Faas blog

“Social Media Tips: 7 Questions for Setting Thoughtful Goals”

Guest Post: The Leveraged PhD blog

“Benefits of LinkedIn for Academics and Universities”

Guest Post: All Day All Night blog


“Conference Presentation? You Need a Website”

Guest Post:


“Remembering Donald Hall: Trees of Eagle Pond Farm”

Featured article: Rain Taxi, vol. 23, no. 4

Long Branch, USA: Robert Pinsky’s Extended Metaphor for Tenuous Social Capital in America”

Peer Reviewed: Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, vol. 59, no. 2

“Robert Pinsky, author of nine collections of poetry most recently At the Foundling Hospital (2016)…has used both critical and poetic lenses to craft and fictionalize a landscape of small town America in an act of investigation and documentation of sociologic and cultural aspects of American community. Like Alexis de Tocqueville before him with Democracy in America (1835), Pinsky observes civic and societal aspects of American life and with poetry makes it accessible by way of his childhood hometown. Here, van Alstyne explores Pinsky’s extended metaphor as documentary poetics through Robert Putnam’s sociological understanding of social capital and Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations about American society, democracy, and American poetics.” —Abstract via Proquest


Wives and Daughters: Social Acceptance and Agency in Chapman, Jonson, and Marston’s Eastward Ho”

Peer Reviewed: Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture, vol. 10, no. 1


Check out my interview series on The Social Academic.

Through the Open Window: A Conversation on Race and Poetry with Laura McCoullough” in Something on Paper

Book Reviews


Madwoman by Shara McCallum (Alice James, 2017) in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 3

Into the Cyclorama by Annie Kim (Southern Indiana Review, 2016) in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 2

Whereas by Stephen Dunn (W.W. Norton, 2017) in Colorado Review


Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly (Graywolf, 2016) in the Colorado Review

The Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech by Stephen Dobyns (BOA Editions, 2016) in Rain Taxi, vol. 21, no. 4

“Rain Taxi calls Dobyns book a ‘poignant collection about love, life’” press release on the BOA Blog

Little Labors by Rivka Galchen (New Directions, 2016) in Something on Paper


Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places by Gary Snyder and Julia Martin (Trinity University Press, 2014) in Something on Paper


Texture Notes by Sawako Nakayasu (Letter Machine Editions, 2010) on The Bombay Gin Blog

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