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Dr. Jenny Watson is the vice provost for academic planning. Before coming to Marquette, she was associate vice chancellor for faculty and academic staff affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh between from 2014 to 2016. She started her career at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1997 where she was a faculty member in the German and Scandinavian studies program. During her tenure at UWM, Watson served as coordinator of the German program, coordinator of the Scandinavian studies program, chair of the foreign language and literature department and also as associate dean of the humanities.
As a research specialist on Swedish-German literary relationships at the turn of the last century, with a specific concentration on Selma Lagerlöf and Germany, Watson has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a German Academic Exchange Service Research Fellowship, a number of Swedish Institute Research Awards and an American-Scandinavian Research Award. She has written two books and a number of articles on Selma Lagerlöf and Germany. Presently, she is working on the reception of Selma Lagerlöf in Nazi Germany.
Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in German and English literature at Grinnell College in 1988, a master’s degree in German literature and a doctorate in German and Scandinavian (concentration Swedish) at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 1997. During her studies, she also spent considerable time in Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; and Stockholm, Sweden.
Watson has also received a Wisconsin Humanities Grant to create a student production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and a UWM Undergraduate Research Award to research and create the book, German Milwaukee, which was published by Arcadia.