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Jennifer Barnes

Assistant Professor


Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a Fulbright scholar and the author of more than a dozen young adult novels, including the Naturals series, about an FBI think-tank that uses gifted teenagers to profile serial killers, the Raised By Wolves trilogy, about a human girl raised by werewolves, and The Fixer, a teen political thriller. She has written television pilots for USA and MTV and is a member of the WGA. Jennifer wrote her first published novel at the age of nineteen.

Barnes graduated from Yale University in 2006 and went on to receive a masters from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Yale. Jennifer has degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science and currently has a dual appointment in psychology and professional writing. When she's not writing books, she studies the psychology of fiction and why we like it. You can find her online at

Jennifer Barnes' TEDXOU Talk