Ph.D., Literature, Bowling Green State University, 1997
MA, English, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1992
BA, Communications, Virginia Tech, 1987
Interests and Expertise
Children's and adolescent literature, media, and culture.
Literary and cultural theory and criticism
CHL 207 Introduction to Children's Literature
CHL 352 Folktales
CHL 450-WI Children's Literature: Criticism and Response, writing intensive
CHL 453 Illustrated Texts
CHL 516 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Children's Literature
CHL 582 Folktales
CHL 583 Illustrated Texts
CHL 585 Children's Literature: Criticism and Theory
CHL 587 Children's Media Studies
Publications and Presentations
Boys in Children’s Literature and Popular Culture: Masculinity, Abjection, and the Fictional Child. New York: Routledge, 2008. Short-listed as a ChLA recommended book, 2010.
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.
Editor, with Jennifer Miskec. The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers. New York: Routledge, 2016. Awarded the ChLA Honor Award (runner up) for best edited collection, 2018.
Articles and Chapters
“‘This is a well-loved book’: Weighing (in on) Jeff Smith’s Bone.” Comics Storytelling for Young People. Ed. Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox. U of Mississippi Press. 2017.
“Guilty Pleasures: Neil Gaiman’s Children’s Books for Adults.” Neil Gaiman: Critical Insights. Ed. Joseph Sommers. Salem Press. 2017.
“The Great American Graphic Novel: Jeff Smith’s Bone and Its Influences.” Good Grief! Children and Comics: A Collection of Companion Essays. Eds. Michelle Ann Abate and Joe Sutliff Sanders. Columbus, OH: Ohio state University Libraries, 2016. PDF. DOI: 10.18061/1811/77539
“Babymouse in Space: Locating the Reader, Text, Character, and Brand.” The Early Reader Readerin Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers. Ed. Jennifer Miskec and Annette Wannamaker. New York: Routledge, 2016.
“A ‘Heap of Meaning’: Objects, Aesthetics and the Posthuman Child in Janne Teller’s Y.A. novel Nothing.” The Lion and the Unicorn 39.1 (January 2015). 82-99.
“ ‘Missing Everybody’: Language and Identity in Catcher in the Rye.” Critical Insights: Coming of Age. Ed. Kent Baxter. Salem Press, 2013. 196-210.
“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.
"Reading in the Gaps and Lacks: (De)Constructing Masculinity in Holes." Children's Literature in Education 37.1 (March 2006) 15-33. Reprinted in Children’s Literature Review. Vol. 200. Edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, 2015. 6-15.
"Men in Purple Cloaks, Men Wielding Pink Umbrellas: Witchy Masculinities in the Harry Potter series.” The Looking Glass: Alice's Academy 10.1 (January 2006).
"Marking Time: Bertolt Brecht's Antigone as tragedy of Revolution and Exile." The Brecht Yearbook 31 (2006) 337-352.
"Present(ing) Historical Memory: Beah Richards' 'A Black Woman Speaks,' Performance, and a Pedagogy of Whiteness." Theatre Topics 14.1 (March 2004) 339-352.
"Specters of Potters: Inheritance in the Harry Potter Series." Elsewhere: Selected Essays from the "20th Century Fantasy Literature: From Beatrix to Harry" International Literary Conference. Edited by Deborah Bice. UP of America, 2003, 45-57.
" ‘Memory Also Makes a Chain': The Performance of Absence in Griselda Gambaro's Antigona Furiosa." Fall 2000/Winter 2001 Journal of The Midwest Modern Language Association, 73-85. Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism: Griselda Gambaro. Edited by Sarah M. Misemer. Detroit: Gale, 2016.