- Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- M.A., B.A., Boston College
- Images of Slavery in American Literature
- Multiculturalism in Children’s Literature
- Visual Semiotics and Children’s Literature
- Film and Popular Culture
Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790-2010. (University of Iowa Press, 2013).
Winnie-the-Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner: Recovering Arcadia. New York: Twayne—Macmillan, 1995.
“The Metafictive Playgrounds of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: the movie is a book.” Walt Disney, From Reader to Storyteller: Essays on the Literary Inspirations. Eds. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. 179-194.
“Reframing History: Insider/Outsider Paradigms in Ten Books about Slavery.” Jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures 6.2 (Winter 2014): 134-147.
“‘Texts like a patchwork quilt’: Reading Picturebooks about Slavery.” Children’s Literature in Education 44.1 (March 2013): 29-43.
“Surviving the Storm: Trauma and Recovery in Children’s Books about Natural Disasters.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. 50.1 (January 2012): 1-9.
“Retelling 9/11: How Picture Books Re-Envision National Crises.” Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children’s Literature (Johns Hopkins UP) 32.3 (Sept 2008): 288-303.
Stories of Slavery for Children, 1790-1865. (a critical anthology of stories about slavery culled from rare book collections).
Courses Taught (Selected)
- ENGL 2019: Disney Films and Children’s Literature
- ENGL 3102: Literature for Young Children
- ENGL 4102/5102: Classics in British Children’s Literature
- ENGL 4103/5103: Classics in American Children’s Literature
- ENGL 4104/5104: Multiculturalism in Children’s Literature
- ENGL 6070: Visual Semiotics in Children’s Literature
- ENGL 6103: Introduction to Children’s Literature and Culture
Selected Professional Service
Editorial Board, Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly.
Editorial Board, R.I.S.E. (Reading Inspires Success in Education): A Children’s Literacy Journal.
Boston Athenӕum. Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellow, 2014-2015
American Antiquarian Society. Invited Visiting Scholar, 2013-2014
Children’s Literature Association. Faculty Research Grant, 2013
Interview on New Books Network with Sherry Johnson regarding Slavery in American Children’s Literature. [50 minutes] 20 March 2015. http://newbooksinafroamstudies.com