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CBU Alumna: Jennifer Reid Job Title: Professor of religion Employer: University of Maine Farmington CBU Education: BA 1990 Current Location: Farmington, Me. Hometown: Arnprior, Ont.
Five years after Jennifer Reid moved to Point Edward, N.S., she found herself a single parent with two small children. This pushed her to make the decision to go back to school and earn a degree.
Cape Breton University was the best choice for her, as it was close to home and provided the education she was looking for.
Reid said her fondest memories from CBU come from her time spent facilitating labs and working with the students and professors in the Mi’kmaq studies program.
“The friendships I made through the Mi’kmaq studies program were the catalyst of my research focus throughout my academic career — indigenous/settler culture relations in the colonial and postcolonial periods. All my published essays and books have revolved around this issue.”
Reid went directly from CBU into a highly selective graduate program at Syracuse University and she said CBU played a big part in the career she has today.
“While writing my doctoral dissertation, I was able to teach as an adjunct professor for two years at CBU, and that was an invaluable opportunity that helped me to have the experience I needed to land a teaching position immediately after finishing the PhD.”
Reid was also recently named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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Jennifer Reid graduated from Cape Breton University in 1990.