Academic

Current

PhD Candidate, National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL), University of Roehampton

EditorNCRCL Blog, University of Roehampton, 2013 – 2016

English and Creative Writing Tutor, Tutorfair

CollaboratorInclusive Minds

Audio Team, Poet in the City

 

Education

M.A. in Children’s Literature, University of Roehampton, 2010

  • Dissertation: ‘For the Love of Queers: Picturebooks about, for, and by the LGBT Community’
  • Pass with Merit
  • Focus on picture books, LGBT literature, queer theory, cowgirls, pirates, scouting movement

B.A.s in Feminist Studies, Literature (Creative Writing), University of California – Santa Cruz, 2007

  • Department Honors, College Honors
  • Regents Scholar
  • Founder and Editor-in-Cheif of the Kresge Town Krier, a quarterly college magazine
  • Provost Award, for resurrecting Kresge Town Krier, May 2005; Community Service Award, for involvement in Community Assistant program, publications, writing tutoring, and archival research, February 2006
  • ‘In the Telling of a Love Story’, Creative Writing (Poetry) thesis, June 2007.

 

Teaching Experience

‘Feminisms and Queer Theories’, Critical Theories and Perspectives, Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Children’s Literature Programme, NCRCL, University of Roehampton, Autumn 2014

‘Love Stories for Queers’, Queer Literature and Theory, Guest Lecturer, University of East Anglia, invited by Dr B.J. Woodstein, March 2014

‘Subversive Children’s Literature’, Third Year Undergraduate Course, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton, Spring Term 2014

‘Feminisms and Queer Theories’, Critical Theories and Perspectives, Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Children’s Literature Programme, NCRCL, University of Roehampton, Autumn 2013

‘Ideology in Picture Books: Gender and the Family’, Picturing Text, Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Children’s Literature Programme, NCRCL, University of Roehampton, February 2013

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

‘Ideology in Picture Books: Gender and the Family’, Picturing Text, Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Children’s Literature Programme, NCRCL, University of Roehampton, March 2011

 

Presentations

‘Cinderella and The Huntress: A Lesbian Retelling of Cinderella in Malinda Lo’s Ash‘, Presentation, Damsels In Redress Conference, Queens University Belfast, 7-8 April 2017

‘Online and On Foot: Actively Archiving LGBT Literature for Children and Young Adults’, Poster Presentation, Archiving Childhood: The 3rd NCRCL Conference, University of Roehampton, 1 July 2016

‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’, Poster Presentation, Cognitive criticism and children’s literature, International Symposium, Homerton College, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 2-4 May 2014

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

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

‘Are they or aren’t they? Critical interpretations of same-sex relationships in picture books’, Parallel Session, Conflicts and Controversies: IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference, November 2010

‘Copulating, Coming Out and Comics: The High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag’, Parallel Session, Going Graphic: IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference, November 2009

 

Publications

‘The Potential for Lesbian Relationships in All Ages Comics’, The Journal of Lesbian Studies: Special Issue on Lesbians and Comics, ed. Michelle Ann Abate, et al., forthcoming

‘Humour in Translation’. IBBYLink 35, Autumn 2012. (Reprinted from the 33rd International IBBY Congress 2012 blog, ‘Crossing Boundaries: Translation and Migration’, 23-26 August 2012.)

‘Are they or aren’t they? Critical interpretations of same-sex relationships in picture books’. Conflicts and Controversies: Challenging Children’s Literature, edited by Bridget Carrington and Jennifer Harding, Pied Piper Publishing, 2011.

Reviews of About a Girl, Devil You Know. IBBYLink 32, September 2011.

Reviews of Photobooth, The Wright Brothers, IBBYLink 31, June 2011.

‘Copulating, Coming Out and Comics: The High School Chronicles of Ariel Schrag’. Going Graphic: Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People, edited by edited by Bridget Carrington and Jennifer Harding, Pied Piper Publishing, 2010.

 

Other Professional Experience

Research Assistant, English and Creative Writing Dept, University of Roehampton, Spring/Summer 2014

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Mary L. Shannon, securing image permissions for her monograph, Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street (2015)

Collaborator & ChairFeast or Famine: Food and Children’s Literature: IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference, November 2013

Editorial Intern, LAW Agency, January – May 2013

Attendee, ‘Place and Space’ in Children’s Literature Conference, Oxford University, March 2009

 

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