Jenny Engström Baron is a writer, blogger, face equality and disability rights advocate and a one-time stand-up comedian.
Born and raised in Sweden, Jenny studied political science and international relations in the United States, where she also did a two-year stint in book publishing before moving to Britain in 1999. She has a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and has taught peace and conflict studies, Balkan studies and democratisation at the LSE, Birkbeck and King’s College London. An accredited mediator, she has also worked as a mediation and conflict resolution skills educator in East London.
Motherhood, a life-altering medical emergency and an unwavering desire to write, eventually resulted in Jenny leaving academia to pursue a life of writing coupled with advocacy work for charities supporting children and adults with disfigurement and disability.
She has since lent her services to Changing Faces, a UK-wide charity that supports people with facial disfigurement, and Smile Train, an international charity that provides free surgery for children and adults with cleft lip and palate in developing countries where access to cleft-care would otherwise not be available. The work of Smile Train is particularly close to Jenny’s heart as she too was born with a cleft lip and palate. Since 2018, Jenny is a member of Smile Train’s UK Cleft Community Advisory Council.
Jenny retains strong ties to the Swedish book publishing industry through her work for Albert Bonnier Publishing and sits on two literary prize committees. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.