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. The course includes opportunities to collaborate with young people at a local school. Previous coursework in childhood studies, literature, or creative writing 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 education, literature, 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.
This interdisciplinary course will combine critical studies of literature with critical approaches to childhood and psychological and psychoanalytic perspectives (particularly the writings of D. W. Winnicott). This course focuses on literary texts written for adults that feature children as subjects as well as texts written for a child audience. We will explore questions about the representation of children and childhood; the relation of child and adult worlds; childhood and memory or forbidden knowledge; and children, imagination, and language. First year students considering this class need to contact one of the instructors. The class will be pitched at the Division II level and will presume strong reading and writing skills.