The College is closed for Thanksgiving break from Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 26, and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27. Visit the Campus Hours page for more information.

Jackie McGrath

Jackie McGrath

Jackie McGrath

Professor, English

Tel.: (630) 942-2709
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2447E 

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Folklore Studies and Ethnography
  • Feminist and Sexualities Theories, and 20th Century American literature.

Recent Courses Taught:

  • English 1101
  • English 1102
  • English 1160 (Native American Literature)
  • English 1150 (Short Fiction)

Current Projects:

  • Working on a folklore studies textbook.

Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books:

  • "Stories of Ruth: An Ethnography of the Dunne Girls." Journal of American Folklore. Winter, 2005.
  • "'The Same Damn Stories': A Variation On Tradition in Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Southern Folklore, 57: 2. Winter 2001.
  • Three articles titled "Folk Belief," "Homeless Women," and "Applied Folklore" in The Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. Edited by Theresa Vaughn, forthcoming December 2007.
  • Past presentations include papers delivered at the American Folklore Society meetings, the College Composition and Communication Conference, the Midwest Modern Language Association conference, and the Louisville 20th Century Studies Conference.


  • B.A., Eastern Illinois University;
  • M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, ABD University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia (English, Folklore Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies)

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Short center-fielder for the Chanimals, the English department softball team at the University of Missouri. Win/loss record for 2000-2003: 1 and 45.

Faculty Spotlight

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

  2017 College of DuPage