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Jenn Freitag

Senior Lecturer

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Jenn Freitag
Phone: 937-229-2385


  • Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University, 2013
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa, 2006
  • B.A., Interpersonal Communication, University of Northern Iowa, 2004


Dr. Jenn Freitag brings a strong background in community engagement, gender violence prevention, interactive performance, public speaking and nonprofit work to her position at the University of Dayton. Passionate about teaching, Jenn's classes usually involve experiential learning, critical engagement and strong focus on dialogue. Her research interests involve various intersections of critical/cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical communication pedagogy and performance studies. Jenn was the founding editor of the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal from 2015-18 and serves on the editorial boards of Women and Language and Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. She is also a member of the University of Dayton Women's and Gender Studies faculty advisory committee.

As part of UD Theatre's 2015-16 season, Jenn presented her interactive solo performance I Want My Jacket Back, with support from the Women's Center and Women's and Gender Studies Program. In the show, Jenn uses original musical comedy to facilitate dialogue about gender violence. Since 2011, Jenn has shared I Want My Jacket Back and accompanying workshops at over 15 venues across the country. In 2019, Jenn won the Anita Taylor Outstanding Chapter Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender for her essay, "Four Transgressive Declarations for Ending Gender Violence." 

Selected publications

Freitag, Jennifer L. “Four Transgressive Declarations for Ending Gender Violence.” Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse: Conversations Across Disciplines. Ed. Jimmie Manning and Jennifer Dunn. NY: Routledge (2018): 134-150.

Freitag, Jennifer L. "Performing Risk, Catharsis, and Subversion in At the Mercy of Ruin." Text & Performance Quarterly 32.2-3 (2015): 259-61. Print.

Freitag, Jennifer L. "Dialoguing Adrienne: A Writing-and-Performing Story." Texas Speech Communication Journal 37.1 (2013). Print.

Freitag, Jennifer L. "Daddy’s Little Girl: A Provocative Feminist Critique of Purity Balls." Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research 10.1 (2011): 57-72. Print.

Mitchell, Karen S., and Jennifer L. Freitag. "Forum Theatre for Bystanders: A New Model for Gender Violence Prevention." Violence Against Women 17 (2011): 990-1013. Print.

Freitag, Jennifer L., Danielle Dick McGeough, Aubrey Huber, and Karen S. Mitchell. "The Boalian Communication Classroom: A Conversation about the Body, Dialogue, and Social Transformation." “Come Closer:” Transformed and Transforming Critical Conversations about the Practice of Theatre of the Oppressed. Ed. Toby Emert and Ellie Friedland. NY: Peter Lang, 2011. 71-82. Print.

Freitag, Jennifer L. "Bible Beater/Bra Burner." Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 4.2 (2008). Web.

Freitag, Jennifer L. "The Process and Impact of Ethnodrama: Reflections on Bible Beater/Bra Burner." Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri 37 (2007): 6-34. Print.