PhD, University of Florida
MA, University of Florida
BA (Honors), Saint Louis University
CHL 207: Introduction to Children’s Literature
CHL 208: Multicultural Children’s Literature
CHL 451-W Writing about Controversy in Literature for the Young (cross-listed as an academic service-learning course)
CHL 453: Illustrated Texts: Picture Books, Comics, and Graphic Novels
CHL 455: Adolescent Literature
CHL 583: Illustrated Texts
CHL 584: Literature for Adolescents
CHL 586: Multicultural Children’s Literature
“Prizing Social Justice: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.” Ethics and Children’s Literature. Ed. Claudia Mills. (Under review with Ashgate Press.)
Review of Michelle Ann Abate’s Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children’s Literature. The Lion and the Unicorn 37.3 (2013).
“Where the ‘Bad’ Girls Are (Contained): Representations of the 1950s Female Juvenile Delinquent in Children’s Literature and Ladies’ Home Journal.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.4 (2009): 312-329.
“The Accidental Sleuth: Investigating Mysteries and Class in Three Series for Girls.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 27.1 (2009): 11-21.
“Recess!—Exploring the Cultures of Childhood.” The Looking Glass: An On-Line Children’s Literature Journal 11.2 (2007).
“Literature of the Holocaust and Continuing Social Justice Concerns.” Witnesses to the Holocaust: Teacher Seminar. Farmington Hills, Michigan. August 12-16, 2013.
“Playing with Justice and Risking Ideals: Adolescent Witnesses, Anne Carroll Moore, and the Trial of Leo Frank.” 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference. Biloxi, Mississippi. June 13-15, 2013.
“Prizing Social Justice: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and Its Recipients in the Past Decade.” Ethics and Children’s Literature Symposium. The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. September 13-16, 2012.
“Picture Books for Justice: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners.” Mazza Museum Summer Conference. Findlay, Ohio. July 16-20, 2012.
“From The Snowy Day to the Present Day: Multicultural Picture Books.” The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Amherst, Massachusetts. June 23, 2012.
“On the Other Side of the Bars: Child Characters with Incarcerated Parents.” 39th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. June 14-16, 2012.
“Aiming for Justice for All: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Recipients.” Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. Hattiesburg, Mississippi. April 11-13, 2012.
“The Jury’s Still Out: The Juvenile Justice System in Recent Young Adult Novels.” 37th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference. Roanoke, Virginia. June 23-25, 2011.
Selected Professional Service:
Co-editor of the Children’s Literature Association Newsletter
ALSC Representative to the American Library Association Recruitment Assembly
Conference Committee Member of the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books