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Jennifer Helgren's Biography

Jennifer Helgren grew up in southern California and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1994 with a B.A. in history. 

She earned her M.A. (1999) and Ph.D. (2005) in U.S. History from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). 

While completing her doctorate, she taught in the American Studies and Liberal Studies departments at California State University, Fullerton and in History at Mt. San Antonio College. 

In 2005 she moved to northern California where she taught various history and women’s studies courses at California State University, East Bay; San Francisco State; and the College of Marin. 

She was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of the Pacific in 2006 and is now a regular faculty member.

Helgren has been involved in several writing and teaching projects. 

For example, she worked for nearly five years as a Writing Center Consultant at CGU, advising other graduate students and mentoring international students. 

She co-led workshops on dissertation and thesis writing, book review writing, and on critical thinking. 

Helgren decided to study history in part due to her high school U.S. History class. 

Mr. Castle’s lectures brought the past to life. 

He effectively taught that the study of history was about contested interpretations of the past, not one straight-forward narrative.