Ph.D. in Literature, 1997, Bowling Green State University
M.A. in English, 1992, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A. in Communications, 1987, Virginia Tech
Children's and Adolescents' Literature, media, and culture.
CHL207: Introduction to Children’s Literature
CHL208: Introduction to Multicultural Children’s Literature
CHL450-WI: Children’s Literature: Criticism and Response, writing intensive
CHL455: Adolescent Literature
CHL456: Jewish Children’s and Adolescent Literature
CHL516: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Children’s Literature
CHL518: History of Children’s Literature
CHL583: Illustrated Texts
CHL584: Adolescent Literature
CHL585: Children’s Literature: Criticism and Theory
CHL587: Children’s Media Studies
Boys in Children’s Literature and Popular Culture: Masculinity, Abjection, and the Fictional Child. New York: Routledge, 2007.
Editor. Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Culture and Media. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.
Editor, with Michelle Ann Abate. Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to International Icon. New York: Routledge, 2012.
North American Editor-in-Chief of Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly. (August 2011 to present)
Recent (past five years) articles and book chapters:
“ ‘Missing Everybody: Language and Identity in Catcher in the Rye.” Critical Insights: Coming of Age. Ed. Kent Baxter. Salem Press, 2013.
“Now, Tarzan make war!”: World War II ‘B’ Movies, Profits and Propaganda.” Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to International Icon. Ed. Annette Wannamaker and Michelle Ann Abate. New York: Routledge, 2012.
“ ‘Salvation is just words too’: Addie Bundren and the Language of Motherhood.” Approaches to Teaching As I Lay Dying. Ed. Chris O’Donnell. Modern Language Association, 2011.
" ‘The Attack of the Inedible Hunk!': Food, Language and Power in Captain Underpants." Food in Children's Literature: Critical Approaches. Eds. Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard. New York: Routledge, 2009.