Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
I joined EMU's Department of English Language and Literature in 2011 as an assistant professor of children's literature. My research interests include representations of social justice in children's and young adult literature, multicultural children's literature, the history of children's librarianship and publishing in the United States, children's book awards, picture books and early readers.
I am currently finishing two articles about the relationship between Anne Carroll Moore, one of the pioneers of children's librarianship, and Leo Frank, a Jewish factory superintendent who was wrongfully convicted of murder and lynched. Frank was one of Moore's first library patrons, and, more than a decade later, she became a fierce advocate for his innocence. I am also working on a book-length project about representations of the legal system in children's and young adult fiction. Arguing that books about criminals and the legal culture can be considered works of multicultural children's literature, I examine the depictions of race, class and gender, as well as the system itself, that can be found in children's books about the criminal justice system written during the Victorian era and the last 25 years, both times of exponential prison growth.