About Me

As of 12/21/15, I am the former Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University (outside of Portland, OR). I joined the faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and since that time, I’ve been involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including in Gerontology. As an undergraduate I attended Willamette University, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; my interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. My dissertation became part of a book published in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee–Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society. Over the past fifteen years I have been involved in inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; older women’s embodiment; sexuality and aging; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. In 2012 I co-authored, with Harry R. Moody, the text Aging: Concepts and controversies.

I live in Portland, Oregon. I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator.  My daughter Isobel Coen is a sophomore at Bard College in New York.   I have been on the planet for 49 years.


2 Responses to About Me

  1. Melissa Smith says:

    A colleague turned me onto this page. I love it! I promise to continue to take the anarchy to the streets. BTW, I read –Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society when I was an undergrad and Women’s Studies Minor (Sociology Major.) I would love to contribute to this website. .

  2. Barb Hawkins says:

    Thank you Jenny! My wise friend (former professor, 95 years young, recently said to me as I approached my 64th birthday with dread, “Aging is mandatory, growing old is optional.” I feel fabulous for 64, ready to live all my dreams fully and with gusto…your term “gero-punk” fits me to a T…. thank you, thank you. Just because I teach gerontology doesn’t mean I embrace growing old!!!

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