After consultation with the Christ College faculty, University Provost Mark Biermann named Jennifer Prough ’91, Ph.D., associate professor of humanities and East Asian studies and Christ College alumna, to a one-year appointment as dean of Christ College.
Prough earned the PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University. She joined the Christ College faculty in fall 2005. Her research and teaching both examine issues of representation and the ways that cultural meanings are produced and managed, experienced and interpreted through mass culture. Her book entitled Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shōjo Manga (University of Hawai’i Press, 2011) examines the production of Girls’ comics in Japan through ethnographic analysis. Her current book manuscript seeks to understand the ways that tradition, history, and culture are produced, packaged, promoted, and consumed in the Kyoto tourist industry.
In addition to teaching in the Freshman Program and “Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society,” Prough has taught seminars on Urban Japan, Japanese visual culture, tourism, living together across difference, and anthropology. Besides her work in Christ College, she teaches in the Chinese and Japanese Studies program.
Jennifer Prough is married to CC alumnus Andrew Richter. Ph.D. ’90, professor of physics and astronomy at Valparaiso University. He earned his doctorate at Northwestern University. His research interests include nanoscience, surface studies, X-ray and neutron scattering, and biophysics. They reside in Valpo with their son Emmett.
A national search for dean of Christ College will take place during the 2017–2018 academic year.