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Jeanne Dutton, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of English/Director of Developmental Writing

A lifelong reader, Jeanne’s interests expanded after majoring in English in college to writing and publishing fiction. In 2009, she published her first novel for teens with HarperCollins. Freaked is the story of a teenaged boy obsessed with the Grateful Dead. She followed with a second novel in 2010 entitled Stranded. Stranded a mystery set in Iowa surrounding the discovery of an abandoned baby.

She has devoted recent years to teaching developmental writing and first year composition. In the Spring of 2019 she plans to return to Alaska with a Hiram Study Away group to further her adventures in the state. She also hopes to accompany Hiram’s Garfield Scholars on their tour of the Civil Rights South in the Spring of 2018.


  • B.A., English Skidmore College
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction) University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Research Interests

Jeanne’s academic interests encompass the study of developmental writing with regard to the struggles students new to college experience in their transition to academia. In 2015, she received the Katherine Feather Fellowship for Faculty Development at Hiram College and used this platform to foster institutional understanding of student identities as they relate to learning needs. She is currently working on a third novel entitled No Prince Charming for the Young Adult Literary Market.

Selected Publications

  • Stranded, Harper Teen (2010) https://www.amazon.com/Freaked-J-T-Dutton/dp/B005Q6VAB6
  • Freaked, A Novel. Harper Teen (2009)
  • “A Little Piece of Evan: Adolescent Literature and the Autism Spectrum” Lessons in Disability: Essays on Teaching with Young Adult Literature. (Co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Miller).
  • Rewriting Happily Ever After—A Rediscovery of Literary Journeys for Girls. National Council of Teachers of English Author Panel, Orlando, FL, November 2010
  • A Shared Sense of Normalcy–Reintroducing Ethnicity into White Perspectives in Children’s Literature. The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature. Kent University, April 2016.

Fun Facts

  • Grew up on a horse farm in rural Connecticut and spent most summers participating in show jumping competitions.
  • Knows the rules for polo.
  • Lived four years in Alaska in a one room cabin during graduate school.
  • Worked at a live music venue for in Maine.

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