CV / Academic

Dr Erica Gillingham

Education

October 2012 – September 2017
PhD in Children’s Literature
National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature, University of Roehampton

  • Title: ‘Lesbian Love Stories in Young Adult Literature and Graphic Memoirs: Narrative Constructions of Same-Sex Relationships Between Female Characters Across Genre and Form’
  • Supervisors: Dr Alison Waller and Professor Nicola Humble
  • Examiners: Dr Natasha Alden and Dr Kevin McCarron
  • The Roehampton Award, 2015

January 2009 – January 2010
MA in Children’s Literature
National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature, University of Roehampton

  • Merit
  • Title: ‘For the Love of Queers: Picturebooks about, for, and by the LGBT Community’

September 2003 – December 2007
BAs in Feminist Studies; Literature (Creative Writing)
University of California – Santa Cruz

  • Departmental Honors, College Honors
  • Regents Scholar, merit-based university scholarship
  • Provost Award, Editor-in-Chief of Kresge Town Krier, 2005
  • Community Service Award, for involvement in Community Assistant program, writing tutoring, and archival research, 2005
  • Education Abroad Programme, University of Ireland – Galway, 2005-2006

 

Employment

October 2017 – present
Bookseller, Gay’s the Word, London
 
July 2013 – present
English and Creative Writing Tutor (PT), Tutorfair, London

March – July 2014
Research Assistant (PT) to Dr Mary L Shannon
English/Creative Writing Department, University of Roehampton

  • Securing and processing permission rights on behalf of Dr Shannon for her monograph and ebook entitled Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street (2015)

January – May 2014
Visiting Lecturer (FT), English/Creative Writing Department, University of Roehampton

    • Taught Third Year Undergraduate course, ‘Subversive Children’s Literature’
    • Class of twenty-five students
    • Marked all assessments, held tutorials, and advised on final projects

December 2009 – December 2011
Centre Manager (FT), More To Life London Centre

  • Administrative and operational management for the More To Life London Centre, a local branch of an international charity
  • Liaising with programme leaders nationally and internationally regarding logistics for shared courses
  • Providing logistical and contextual support for over twelve courses per year in London and South England
  • Event coordination for stand-along student and public events

August – December 2008
Public Relations Intern (FT), City of Yreka, California

  • Commendation Award, for development of City’s first website
  • Wrote content and conducted interviews for City’s website and monthly newsletters
  • Copyedited online and monthly newsletter content
  • Administrative assistant to City Manager and departmental heads

September 2004 – December 2007
Writing Tutor (PT), University of California – Santa Cruz

  • Individual tutoring for first-year students, Writing Program
  • Facilitating writing groups for peer editing of academic writing, Writing Program
  • Teaching Literature 101 seminars in grammar/writing, Literature Program

 

Lectures and Publications

Subject Specialist, A Place at the Table, Inclusive Minds, February 2018.

Article, ‘Representations of Same-Sex Relationships Between Female Characters in All Ages Comics: Princess Princess Ever After and Lumberjanes’, The Journal of Lesbian Studies: Special Issue on Lesbians and Comics, ed. Michelle Ann Abate, et al., forthcoming

Speaker, ‘Cinderella and The Huntress: A Lesbian Retelling of Cinderella in Malinda Lo’s Ash’, Damsels in Redress Conference, Queens University Belfast, April 2017

Poster Presentation, ‘Online and On Foot: Actively Archiving LGBT Literature for Children and Young Adults’, Archive Child: NCRCL Conference, University of Roehampton, July 2016,

Guest Lecturer, ‘Feminisms and Queer Theory’, for Critical Theory and Perspectives, MA in Children’s Literature module, University of Roehampton, Autumn 2014

Guest Lecturer, ‘Love Stories for Queers’, invited by Dr B.J. Woodstein, University of East Anglia, Spring 2014

Guest Lecturer, ‘Feminisms and Queer Theory, for Critical Theory and Perspectives, MA in Children’s Literature module, University of Roehampton, Autumn 2013

Panellist, London Book Fair, ‘Equal Measures’ panel with Verna Wilkins of Tamarind Books, Fen Coles of Letterbox Library, and Beth Cox and Alexandra Strick of Inclusive Minds, April 2013

Guest Lecturer, ‘Ideology in Picture Books: Gender and the Family’ for Visual Texts, MA in Children’s Literature module, University of Roehampton, Spring 2013

Speaker, ‘When Love Takes Over: Falling In Love and Coming Out in Young Adult Fiction’, NCRCL Conference, ‘Children’s Literature and the Inner World’, University of Roehampton, May 2012

Guest Lecturer, ‘When “she” is a “boy”: how the implied reader learns about Bailey in 10,000 Dresses’, Gender & Language Research Group, Lancaster University, November 2011

Article, ‘Are they or aren’t they? Critical interpretations of same-sex relationships in picturebooks’ from IBBY/NCRCL 2010, Conflicts and Controversies: Challenging Children’s Literature, November 2011

Guest Lecturer, ‘Ideology in Picture Books: Gender and the Family’ for Visual Texts, MA in Children’s Literature module, University of Roehampton, Spring 2011

Speaker, ‘Are they or aren’t they? Critical interpretations of same-sex relationships in picturebooks’, IBBY/NCRCL Conference 2010, ‘Conflicts and Controversies’, University of Roehampton

Article, ‘Copulating, Coming Out, and Comics: The High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag’ from IBBY/NCRCL 2009, Going Graphic: Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People, November 2010

Speaker, ‘Copulating, Coming Out, and Comics: The High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag’, IBBY/NCRCL Conference 2009, ‘Going Graphic’, University of Roehampton

 

Organisational and Creative Projects

Organisation Projects

  • Collaborator, Inclusive Minds (2013-present)
  • Audio Team Member, Poet in the City, London (2016-present)
  • Blog Editor, NCRCL blog (2013-2016)
  • Conference Organiser & Chair, IBBY/NCRCL Conference (2013)
  • Steering Group Member, More To Life – London, Steering Group (2010-2012)
  • Administration Intern, Nest Foundation, Los Angeles (2008)
  • Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Santa Cruz (2006-2007)
  • Field Organizing Intern, ACLU – Northern California (2006-2007)
  • Community Assistant, Kresge College, UC Santa Cruz (2004-2005)

Creative Projects

  • Guest Blogger, A Bicycle Built for Two, a queer women’s wedding blog
  • Guest Blogger, Malinda Lo, author’s own website and blog
  • Guest Blogger, Once Upon a Time, a UK-based YA and fantasy book blog
  • Blogger, IBBY Congress 2012 blog; London, UK
  • Reviewer, IBBYLink, an online journal for UK IBBY members
  • Reviewer, The Lesbrary, a lesbian book blog
  • Reviewer, Picture Book Palette, a picture book review blog
  • Blogger, So You’re EnGAYged, an online gay and allied wedding resource blog
  • Poetry Editor, Matchbox Magazine, University of California (all campuses)
  • Production Manager, Play, a circus-theatre production; Galway, Ireland; Project ‘06
  • Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Kresge Town Krier, University of California – Santa Cruz
  • Features Writer, City on the Hill Press, University of California – Santa Cruz
  • Sports Desk Editor, City on the Hill Press, University of California – Santa Cruz
  • Sports Desk Writer, City on the Hill Press, University of California – Santa Cruz
  • Assistant Editor, Turnstile, University of California – Santa Cruz