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Ph.D.   The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Committee on Human Development, 1989.

M.A.    The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Social Sciences, 1981.

B.A.    Lawrence University, Appleton, WI. Psychology, 1980.


President, Swenson Book Development, LLC, 2011-present.

Freelance Writer, Editor, and Publishing Consultant, 2006-2010.

Owner, On Warren Pond Farm, off-the-grid sustainable farmstead, 1998-2010.

Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14851, 1992-2002. Tenured in 1997.

Assistant Professor, Henry Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia-Athens, 1988-1992.

Current Clips

Crazy Chick Waiting for a Collect Call from the Sundance Kid, Healing Muse, October 2014.

The Comparative Title Analysis, Writer’s Block Blog (The Loft Literary Center), July 12, 2014.

The Buzz about Bees, Small Farm Quarterly, January 14, 2013, p. 11.

The Business of Growing Green Ideas, Small Farm Quarterly, October 1, 2012, p. 5.

Meat, Small Farm Quarterly, July 2, 2012, p. 4.

Women in Higher Education’ Documents Struggle for Tenure,Ithaca Times, April 4, 2012.

Farm Memoirs, Small Farm Quarterly, April 2, 2012, p. 4.

Winter Reads: Water and Natural Gas, Small Farm Quarterly, January 9, 2012, p. 4.

Fall’s Bounty, Field Fresh Beans,Small Farm Quarterly, October 2010, p. 14.

New Kind of Old Fashioned Seed Company, Small Farm Quarterly, July 5, 2010, p. 16.

Berry Bounty,Ithaca Post, July 3, 2010.

Violets are a Girl’s Best Friend, Ithaca Post, May 26, 2010.

Become a Daylighter, Back Home Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010, p. 44.

Rosehips Brighten the Winter, Back Home Magazine, No. 103, Nov/Dec 2009, p. 33.

On Warren Pond Farm, Small Farm Quarterly, July 6, 2009, p. 14.

Support Trumansburg Farmers This Winter, Trumansburg Free Press, January 2009.

The Red Fruit of Rosehips, Ithaca Journal, December 17, 2008, p. 8B.

Selected Client Successes

Tina Peterson, Oscar and the Amazing Gravity Repellent, Capstone Publishing, fall 2015.

Elaine Mansfield, Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey Through Grief, Larson Publications, fall 2014.

Sandy Swenson, The Joey Song: Where Love and Addiction Meet in a Mother’s Heart, Central Recovery Press, fall 2014.

Cathryn Prince, Death in the Baltic: WWII Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, Palgrave-Macmillan, April 2013; featured selection of the Military History Book Club for spring 2013.

Mary Jordan & Joyce Hatch with Ronald E. Ostman & Harry Littell win 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), Gold Medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction, Dear Friend Amelia: The Civil War Letters of Private John Tidd (Six Mile Creek Press).

Cathryn Price wins Connecticut Press Club’s 2011 Book Award for non-fiction, A Professor, a President, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science(Prometheus, 2011).

Andrew Kessler, paperback release and national book tour in September 2012 of Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Space Cowboys and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission (Pegasus, 2010).

Professional and Academic Publications

Payne, Matthew D., Jill Swenson and Thomas W. Bohn, “USA,”  in Ingrid Volkmer (Ed.), News in Public Memory: An International Study of Media Memories Across Generations, Peter Lang Publishers, 2006, 177-193.

Swenson, Jill D., “Education Indicator,” Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators, Calvert Group, March 2000.

Priest, Patricia J., Cindy Jenefsky and Jill D. Swenson, “Phallocentric Slicing: 20/20’s Reporting of Lorena and John Bobbitt,” in No Angels: Women Who Commit Violence, Alice Myers and Sarah Wight (Eds.), Pandora Press, 1996, 101-112.

Swenson, Jill D., “African-Americans and Advertising: Race and Representation in U.S. History,” Communication Quarterly 43:3 (Summer 1996): 395-403.

Swenson, Jill Dianne, “Narrative, Gender and TV News: Comparing Network and Tabloid Stories,” in Women on Ice: Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle, Cynthia Baughman (Ed.), Routledge, 1995, 177-193.

Swenson, Jill Dianne, “Rodney King, Reginald Denny, and TV News: The Cultural (Re-) Construction of Racism,” Journal of Communication Inquiry 12:1 (Spring 1995): 75-88.

Kleiber, Pamela B., Margaret E. Holt, and Jill Dianne Swenson, “The Electronic Forum Handbook: Study Circles in Cyberspace,” Association of American Colleges and Universities, Civic Practices Network, 1995.

Griswold, W.F., and Swenson, J.D., “Not in whose backyard? The ethics of reporting environmental issues,” Mass Communication Review, 1993, 20(1-2):62-75.

Swenson, J.D., and W. F. Griswold, “Reporting Race Relations as Development News: Case Studies in Rural Georgia,” Howard Journal of Communications Volume 4, Issue 4 (Summer 1993): 358-368.

Griswold, William J., and Jill D. Swenson, “Development News in Rural Georgia Newspapers: A Comparison with Media in Developing Nations,”Journalism Quarterly (1992) 69 (3): 580-590.

Bennett, E. M., J. D. Swenson and J. S. Wilkinson, “Is the medium the message? An experimental test with morbid news,” Journalism Quarterly, (1992) 69: 921-928.

Swenson, Jill D., William F. Griswold and Pamela B. Kleiber, “Focus Groups: Method of Inquiry/Intervention,” Small Group Research, Vol. 23, No. 4 (1992): 459-474.

Swenson, Jill Dianne, “TV News Viewers: Making Meaning out of Iran-Contra,” Thesis (Ph. D.), University of Chicago, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences (1989).

Swenson, Jill Dianne, “Martyrdom: Mytho-Cathexis and the Mobilization of the Masses in the Iranian Revolution,” Ethos, Vol. 13, No. 2 (1985), 736-742.

Awards, Grants, Honors

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute

Civic Practices Network

Harper Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Johnson Prize, University of Chicago

Kaltenborn Foundation

Kellogg Foundation

Kettering Foundation

Lilly Teaching Fellow

National Issues Forum/Public Agenda

Park Foundation

Poynter Institute