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Professor of Childhood Studies

Rachel Conrad

Hampshire College Professor Rachel Conrad
Rachel Conrad
Professor of Childhood Studies
Critical Social Inquiry
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Rachel Conrad
Franklin Patterson Hall 205
Professor Conrad will be on a leave of absence for fall 2015.
Rachel Conrad, professor of childhood studies, has an A.B. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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.

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