Professor of Childhood Studies
She teaches courses on childhood and youth studies with a particular focus on the convergence of psychological, social, and literary analysis. Her current work uses poetry as a site of thinking about childhood across age of author and audience in considering young people as literary creators and poets, and in examining adults’ conceptions of children in poetry about childhood and poetry for children, with an emphasis on twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry in the US. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research; Children’s Literature Association Quarterly; Callaloo: Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters; Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures; and The Lion and the Unicorn’s Special Issue on Children’s Rights and Children’s Literature.
She is on the steering committee of the Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning program.
This seminar in social and literary studies of childhood will take up multiple perspectives on young people as writers of poetry. We will explore the work of recent scholars in childhood studies, literary studies, children's literature studies, and critical literacy studies who contemplate questions about young people as consumers and/or producers of culture; as potential poets in the future and/or actual poets in the present; as objects of adult teachers' pedagogical ideas and/or as subjects producing and performing their own ideas and artistry. Examples of youth-written poetry are drawn largely from late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century US contexts. This semester, the course involves collaborating with young people in a high school English class. Previous coursework in childhood studies or poetry is recommended.
In this advanced seminar we will critically examine ideas about children and youth through readings in childhood and youth studies, sociology of childhood, and critical developmental psychology. An important component of students' work in this course is to critically evaluate ideas, practices, and methodologies related to childhood and youth in their own academic studies, including areas not listed above such as anthropology, history, education, and the arts. This course is recommended for students whose Division II concentration intersects with the Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning (CYL) program. As it includes culminating work, it is particularly appropriate for students in the final semester of Division II.
In this advanced seminar we will use poetry as a site of thinking about children and childhood. We will consider questions of power, perspective, and experience regarding children and adults, examine works primarily in 20th century American poetry, and explore poetry-writing in relation to thinking about children and childhood. Our goal will be to balance attention to questions about ideas with questions about creative form. Readings will include poetry written by adults for adult audiences, poetry written by adults for young audiences, and poetry written by young people, supplemented by readings in childhood studies and literary criticism. Assignments will encompass poetry writing and analytic writing, and one project that requires scheduling outside of class time. Previous coursework in childhood studies and creative writing is recommended.