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Philip Nel
Department of English
103 ECS Bldg.
1612 Steam Place
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
philnel@ksu.edu
www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/
 

EDUCATION: 

1997  

Ph.D., English, Vanderbilt University.

1993  

M.A., English, Vanderbilt University.

1992  

B.A., English and Psychology, University of Rochester, summa cum laude.


EMPLOYMENT:
2013- University Distinguished Professor of English, Kansas State University.
2006- Director, Program in Children's Literature, Kansas State University.
2008-2013 Professor of English, Kansas State University.
2005-2008 Associate Professor of English, Kansas State University.
2000-2005 Assistant Professor of English, Kansas State University.
1999-2000 Visiting Instructor of English, College of Charleston.
1998-1999 Adjunct Professor in English, Communications, and Women's Studies, College of Charleston.
1997-1998 Adjunct Professor in English and in American Studies, Vanderbilt University.
1993-1997 Graduate Teaching Fellow in English, Vanderbilt University.

PUBLICATIONS: Books | Books Edited | Articles in Books | Articles in Refereed Journals | Articles (non-refereed) | Multimedia | Reprints | Varia | Refereed Reviews | Reviews (non-refereed) | Reference

Books

2017 Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books. New York and London: Oxford UP, 2017. More information.
2012 Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature. Jackson and London: University Press of Mississippi. 368 pp. Nominated for an Eisner Award, 2013; named a Children's Literature Assocation Honor Book, 2014; winner of SWPACA's Rollins Book Award, 2014. More information.
2007 The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats. New York: Random House. More information.
2004 Dr. Seuss: American Icon. New York and London: Continuum Publishing. 320 pp. A Choice Magazine "Outstanding Academic Book of 2004." More information.
2002 The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks. Jackson and London: University Press of Mississippi. 249 pp. More information.
2001 J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide. New York and London: Continuum Publishing. 96 pp. More information.

Books Edited

2018 Keywords for Children’s Literature, Second Edition. Co-edited with Lissa Paul and Nina Christensen.  New York: NYU Press. In progress.
2018 Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Vols. 4-5. Co-edited with Eric Reynolds. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 2018-2019. In progress.
2016 Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume Three: 1946-1947. Co-edited with Eric Reynolds. Foreword by Jeff Smith. Essays by Nathalie op de Beeck and Coulton Waugh. Biographical Essay and Notes by Philip Nel. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. 371 pp. More information.
2014 Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume Two: 1944-1945. Co-edited with Eric Reynolds. Foreword by Jules Feiffer. Essays by R.C. Harvey and Max Lerner. Biographical Essay and Notes by Philip Nel. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. 375 pp. More information.
2013 Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume One: 1942-1943. Co-edited with Eric Reynolds. Foreword by Chris Ware. Essays by Jeet Heer and Dorothy Parker. Biographical Essay and Notes by Philip Nel. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. 319 pp. Nominated for an Eisner Award, 2014. More information.
2011 Keywords for Children’s Literature.  Co-edited with Lissa Paul.  New York: NYU Press. 282 pp. More information.
2008 Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature. Co-edited with Julia Mickenberg. Foreword by Jack Zipes. NYU Press. 295 pp. More information.

Books in translation

2015 Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby. Co-edited with Eric Reynolds. French translation by Harry Morgan. Actes Sud Edition. 319 pp.
2002 J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide. Japanese translation by Ihei Taniguchi. Tokyo: Jiritsu-shobo Inc. 166 pp.

Afterword/Foreword to Books

2017 "Pulling a Cat Out of a Hat: How Dr. Seuss Created a Classic." Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat: 60th Anniversary Edition. HarperCollins UK.
2005 "Afterword." Crockett Johnson, Magic Beach. Appreciation by Maurice Sendak. Ashville, NC: Front Street, 2005. Also available in French translation by Quentin Le Goff: La Plage Magique. Tourbillon, 2006. In German translation by Michael Krüger: Der Zauberstrand. Carl Hanser Verlag, 2007. And in Italian translation by Elena Fantasia: Spiaggia Magica. Orecchio Acerbo, 2013. More information.

Journal, Edited with Introduction

2005 Children's Literature and the Left.  Co-edited with Julia Mickenberg.  Special issue.  Children's Literature Association Quarterly 30.4 (Winter 2005). <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/toc/chq30.4.html>. (Available to subscribers of ProjectMuse.)

Articles in Books

2018 "Postmodernism" [revised]. Keywords for Children's Literature, Second Edition, eds. Philip Nel, Lissa Paul and Nina Christensen. New York: NYU Press. Forthcoming, 6 pp. in ms.
2017 "Children and Comics."Comics Studies: A Guidebook, eds. Bart Beaty and Charles Hatfield. Rutgers UP. Forthcoming, 23 pp. in ms.
2016 “‘Don’t assume anything’: A Conversation with Maurice Sendak.” Maurice Sendak: Conversations, ed. Peter Kunze. Jackson: UP Mississippi. 107-143.
2015 "Surrealism for Children: Paradoxes and Possibilities." Children’s Literature and the European Avant-Garde, ed Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Elina Druker. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015. 267-283.
2011 "Postmodernism."  Keywords for Children’s Literature, ed. Philip Nel and Lissa Paul.  NYU Press. 181-185.
2009 "1957: Dr. Seuss." A New Literary History of America, ed. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.  876-880.
2009 "Lost in Translation?: Harry Potter, from Page to Screen." Harry Potter's World: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, revised edition, ed. Elizabeth Heilman. Routledge. 275-290.
2008 "DeLillo and Modernism."  The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo, ed. John N. Duvall.  New York and Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 13-26.
2006 "Homicidal Men and Full-Figured Women: Gender in White Noise." Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's White Noise, eds. Tim Engles and John N. Duvall. New York: Modern Language Association. 180-191.
2002 "You Say 'Jelly,' I Say 'Jell-O'?: Harry Potter and the Transfiguration of Language." The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon, ed. Lana Whited. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press. 261-84.

Articles in Refereed Journals

2015 "A Manifesto for Children’s Literature; or, Reading Harold as a Teen-Ager." Iowa Review 45.2 (Fall 2015): 87-92. <http://iowareview.org/from-the-issue/volume-45-issue-2-%E2%80%94-fall-2015/manifesto-childrens-literature-or-reading-harold>.
2015 “When Will the Children Be Free?: Looking Back on Free to Be… You and Me.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 43.1-2 (May 2015): 282-286.
2014 "Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: Exploring Dr. Seuss's Racial Imagination."Children’s Literature 42: 71-98. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature/v042/42.nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2014 "Wild Things, I Think I Love You: Maurice Sendak, Ruth Krauss, and Childhood." PMLA 129.1 (Jan. 2014): 112-116.
2013 "Keywords for Children’s Literature: Mapping the Critical Moment." Co-written with Lissa Paul. Barnelitterært forskningstidsskrift/Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics. 4 (2013): <http://www.childlitaesthetics.net/index.php/blft/article/view/21092>.
2013 "Re-Imagining America: Jeff Smith, Herman Melville, and National Dreamscapes." Co-written with Jennifer A. Hughes. The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.1: 117-133.
2012 "Same Genus, Different Species?: Comics and Picture Books."  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 37.4 (Winter 2012): 445-453. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/v037/37.4.nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2011 "Radical Children’s Literature Now!" Co-written with Julia Mickenberg. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.4 (Winter 2011): 445-473. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/v036/36.4.mickenberg01.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2010 "Obamafiction for Children: Imagining the Forty-Fourth U.S. President."  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.4 (Winter 2010): 334-356. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/v035/35.4.nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2007 "Children's Literature Goes to War: Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman, Munro Leaf, and the Private SNAFU Films (1943-46)." The Journal of Popular Culture 40.3 (June 2007): 468-87. <www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1540-5931.2007.00404.x> (Available to subscribers.)
2005 "Is There a Text in This Advertising Campaign?: Literature, Marketing, and Harry Potter." The Lion and the Unicorn 29.2 (Apr. 2005): 236-267. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/lion_and_the_unicorn/v029/29.2nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)

2003

"The Disneyfication of Dr. Seuss: Faithful to Profit, One Hundred Percent?" Cultural Studies 17.5 (Sept. 2003): 579-614. Read abstract of article (full text available to subscribers of Ingenta Select).
2002 "Don DeLillo's Return to Form: The Modernist Poetics of The Body Artist." Contemporary Literature 43.4 (Winter 2002): 736-59. <links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0010-7484%28200224%2943%3A4%3C736%3ADDRTFT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-E> (Available to subscribers of JSTOR).
2002 "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bored: Harry Potter, the Movie." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 46.2 (Oct. 2002): 172-75. Repr. Reading Online Nov. 2002 <www.readingonline.org/newliteracies/lit_index.asp?HREF=/newliteracies/jaal/10-02_column>.
2001 "'Never overlook the art of the seemingly simple': Crockett Johnson and the Politics of the Purple Crayon." Children's Literature 29 (2001): 142-74.
2001 "Amazons in the Underworld: Gender, the Body, and Power in the Novels of Don DeLillo." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 42.4 (Summer 2001): 416-36.
2001 "'Said a Bird in the Midst of a Blitz...': How World War II Created Dr. Seuss." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 34.2 (June 2001): 65-85.
1999 "'A small incisive shock': Modern Forms, Postmodern Politics, and the Role of the Avant-Garde in Don DeLillo's Underworld." Modern Fiction Studies 45.3 (Fall 1999): 724-52. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/modern_fiction_studies/v045/45.3nel.html> (Available to subscribers of Project Muse).
1999 "Dada Knows Best: Growing Up 'Surreal' with Dr. Seuss." Children's Literature 27: 150-84. Winner of the Children's Literature Association Article Award.

Articles

2017 "Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump." Horn Book May-June 2017: 22-28. <http://www.hbook.com/2017/05/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/laughter-and-resistance-humor-as-a-weapon-in-the-age-of-trump/>.
2016 “Dancing on the Manhole Cover: The Genius of Richard Thompson.” The Comics Journal 3 Aug. 2016: <http://www.tcj.com/dancing-on-the-manhole-cover-the-genius-of-richard-thompson/>.
2016 "Just a Shot Away." Inside Higher Ed 12 Apr. 2016. <https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/04/12/armed-campuses-spell-demise-public-universities-essay>.
2015

“Advice for Aspiring Academics.” Inside Higher Ed 19 Aug. 2015: <https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2015/08/19/essay-advice-academics-starting-their-careers>.

2014 “Nightmare Neighbors, Dream Collaborators: Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash on Bow-Wow, Comics, Picture Books and Telling Stories Without Words.” The Comics Journal 3 Nov. 2014: <http://www.tcj.com/nightmare-neighbors-dream-collaborators-mark-newgarden-and-megan-montague-cash-on-bow-wow-comics-picture-books-and-telling-stories-without-words/>.
2014 "Board of Regents can learn from social media work group." The Lawrence Journal-World 15 Apr. 2014: <http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/apr/15/your-turn-board-regents-can-learn-social-media-wor/>.
2014 "In Search of Lost Time" Inside Higher Ed 3 Mar. 2014: <http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/03/03/essay-why-faculty-members-work-so-much>.
2014 "KSU Prof weighs in on social media policy." The Lawrence Journal-World 7 Jan. 2014: <http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jan/07/opinion-ksu-prof-weighs-social-media-policy/>.
2013 "Comics for Progressives: Coulton Waugh’s Hank." Archives of American Art Journal 52.3-4 (Fall 2013): 32-39. <http://www.aaa.si.edu/files/publications/vol52_3-4-archives-of-american-art-journal.pdf >.
2013 "Crockett Johnson and the Invention of Barnaby."  The Comics Journal 22 Apr. 2013: <http://www.tcj.com/crockett-johnson-and-the-invention-of-barnaby/>.

2013

"Wild Things, Children, and Art: The Life and Work of Maurice Sendak." The Comics Journal 302 (2013): 12-29.
2012 "Adjunct to the Tenure Track -- Part II."  Inside Higher Ed 3 Oct. 2012: <http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/10/03/essay-how-adjunct-got-job-tenure-track>.
2012 "From Adjunct to the Tenure Track."  Inside Higher Ed 1 Oct. 2012: <http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/10/01/essay-moving-adjunct-tenure-track-professor>.
2012 "Before Barnaby: Crockett Johnson Grows Up and Turns Left."  The Comics Journal 26 Sept. 2012: <http://www.tcj.com/before-barnaby-crockett-johnson-grows-up-and-turns-left/>.
2012 "Artists Are to Watch: Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss in the 1950s." Horn Book Sept.-Oct. 2012: 10-18.
2010 “Dr. Seuss’s Biography” and “Timeline.”  Seussville.com  Aug. 2010.  <www.seussville.com/#/author>.
2008 "The Fall and Rise of Children’s Literature." American Art 22.1 (Spring 2008): 23-27.
2008 "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!: Dr. Seuss's Political Education," Child Parenting Journal [Australia], Spring 2008: 18-20.
2004 "Crockett Johnson and the Purple Crayon: A Life in Art." Comic Art 5 (Winter 2004): 2-18. <www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/purple/nel_CJ_ComicArt_2004.pdf>.
1996 "My Life as a Grad." AOL's College On-Line.  June 1996.  Repr.: <http://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/my.life.as.a.grad.html>.

Reference

2015 “Sendak, Maurice Bernard.” American National Biography. Oxford UP. 6 pp. in ms. <http://www.anb.org/articles/17/17-02000.html>
2006 Entries on Ruth Krauss, Molly Leach, Winsor McCay, and Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Ed. Jack Zipes. Oxford UP. Vol. 2: 383, 412. Vol. 3: 50-51, 81.
2005 "Seuss, Dr. (Theodor Seuss Geisel)." The Encyclopedia of New England Culture. Eds. Burt Feintuch and David Watters. New Haven and London: Yale UP. 1026-1027.
2003 "Dr. Seuss." Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities, Vol. II: K-Z. Eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aaronson. Santa Barbara, Denver, and Oxford: ABC-Clio Press. 710-713.
2000 "Underworld by Don DeLillo." Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction. Vol. 12. Ed. Mark W. Scott. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group. 445-61.

2000

"The Harry Potter Phenomenon." Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1999. Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli. Detroit: The Gale Group. 173-79.
1997 "Don DeLillo: An Annotated Bibliography." Co-written with Curt Gardner. Don DeLillo's America. Website. Ed. Curt Gardner. 10 pp. in manuscript. <perival.com/delillo/ddbiblio.html>.

Multimedia

2010 "Metafiction for Children: A User’s Guide."  4-minute film.  In Media Res 3 Sept. 2010. <mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2010/09/03/metafiction-children-users-guide>.
2010-present Nine Kinds of Pie: Philip Nel’s Blog. July 2010-present. <www.philnel.com>.
1999-2014 The Don DeLillo Society. June 1999-2014. <www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/delillo>.

1998-present

The Crockett Johnson Homepage. July 1998-present. <www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/purple>. Named a "Cool Site" by Yahoo! in November 1998, and deemed "Noteworthy" by Britannica.com in December 2000.

Varia

2016 “Fight Fascism. Vote Clinton.” Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote. 30 Sept. 2016: <http://dedicateyournotrumpvote.blogspot.com/2016/09/philip-nels-dedication.html>.
2016 “Guest Editorial: Permitting guns on campus is unsafe, disruptive to learning.” The K-State Collegian 21 Sept. 2016: <http://www.kstatecollegian.com/2016/09/21/guest-editorial-permitting-guns-on-campus-is-unsafe-disruptive-to-learning/>.
2016 “Running Out of Time.” Every Little Thing 11 Jan. 2016: <http://alisonpiepmeier.blogspot.com/2016/01/running-out-of-time-guest-post-by.html>
2015 “Innocent Children and Frightened Adults: Why Censorship Fails.” From the Square: The NYU Press Blog 30 Sept. 2015: <http://www.fromthesquare.org/?p=7814#.Vi418RCrSHr>.
2010 "Brave Potatoes." Curious Pages: Recommended Inappropriate Books for Kids, ed. Lane Smith and Bob Shea. Mar. 2010. <curiouspages.blogspot.com/2010/03/brave-potatoes.html>.
2009 "Flat Stanley."  Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life, ed. Anita Silvey.  Roaring Brook Press, 2009.  66-67.
2007 "A Is for Art." An Abstract Alphabet: New Works by Stephen Johnson (exhibition catalogue). Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 19 May - 5 Aug. 2007. Revised version printed in Alphabet Soup: Work by Stephen Johnson, Jim Munce, Tony Fitzpatrick, Beach Museum, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 4 April – 3 Aug. 2008. Repr. <www.philnel.com/2010/08/31/stephen-johnson-abstract/>.
2006 Letter to the Editor.  The Horn Book Nov.-Dec. 2006: <www.hbook.com/magazine/letters/nov06.asp>.
2004 "Research Notes: 'A Left Turn.'" The Courant 1 (Fall 2004): 4-5. <library.syr.edu/information/spcollections/courant/no1-2004.pdf>. [Published by Syracuse University Libraries' Special Collections.]

1999

"A Pro-Feminist Man." SKIRT! Magazine Nov. 1999: 39. Longer version printed as "A Pro-Feminist Man Is Not an Oxymoron: A Conversation with Michael Kimmel." The Forum: Women's Studies at the College of Charleston 3.1 (Fall 1999): 4-5.

Reprints

2015 “Wild Things, I Think I Love You: Maurice Sendak, Ruth Krauss, and Childhood.” Children’s Literature Review 196, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Gale/Cengage, 2015. 179-182. [from PMLA 129.1 (2014)]
2014 “In Search of Lost Time.” Clarion: Newspaper of the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY. April 2014: 9. [from Inside Higher Ed 3 Mar. 2014]
2009 "Seussism."  Wildlife Art Journal  18 Aug. 2009 <wildlifeartjournal.com/articles/wildlife-art-journal-premium-content/fall-2009/76/seussism.html>.  [adapted from Dr. Seuss: American Icon]
2008 "Is There a Text in This Advertising Campaign?: Literature, Marketing, and Harry Potter." Key readings in media today: Mass communication in contexts. Eds. Brooke Erin Duffy, Joseph Turow. New York: Routledge, 2008. [from The Lion and the Unicorn 29.2 (Apr. 2005)]
2008 "Fantasy, Mystery, and Ambiguity." The Norton Guide to Field Writing with Readings and Handbook. Eds. Richard Bullock, Maureen Daly Goggin, Francine Weinberg. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. 663-669. [from J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (2001), 36-41.]
2006 "Amazons in the Underworld: Gender, the Body, and Power in the Novels of Don DeLillo." Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 213, ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Detroit: Gale, 2006. [from Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 42.4 (Summer 2001), 416-36]

2005

"'Said a Bird in the Midst of a Blitz...': How World War II Created Dr. Seuss." Children's Literature Review, Vol. 100, ed. Tom Burns.  Detroit: Gale, 2005.  [from Mosaic 34.2 (June 2001)]

2005

"Dada Knows Best: Growing Up 'Surreal' with Dr. Seuss." Children's Literature Review, Vol. 103, ed. Tom Burns.  Detroit: Gale, 2005. [from Children’s Literature 27 (1999)]

Refereed Reviews

2012

"Animated. Scripted. Not Innocent." Review of Nathalie op de Beeck’s Suspended Animation: Children’s Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity and Robin Bernstein’s Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil RightsChildren’s Literature 40: 305-310. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature/v040/40.nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2011 Review of Eric L. Tribunella's Melancholia and Maturation: The Use of Trauma in American Children’s LiteratureSouth Atlantic Review 76.3: 191-193.
2011 Review of Donald E. Pease’s Theodor SEUSS GeiselChildren’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.1 (Spring 2011): 111-114 <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/v036/36.1.nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2010 Review of Sabrina Jones’s Isadora Duncan: A Graphic BiographyImageText 5.3: <www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v5_3/>.
2009 "Home Away from Home: One U.S. Reader’s Response to Home Words." Review of Home Words: Discourses of Children’s Literature in Canada, edited by Mavis Reimer. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 1.1 (Summer 2009): 105-111.

2009

"Final Word: Gaiman and Grimly’s Dangerous Alphabet — Diverting, Deranged, De-Lovely." First Opinions — Second Reactions 2.1 (May 2009): 48-52. <docs.lib.purdue.edu/fosr/vol2/iss1/22/>.
2009 Review of Leonard S. Marcus’s Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s LiteratureChildren’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.2 (Summer 2009): 193-196. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/v034/34.2.nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2007 Review of Tove Jansson's Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1ImageText 3.3 (Summer 2007).  <www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v3_3/nel/>.
2007 Review of Julia L. Mickenberg's Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United StatesChildren's Literature Association Quarterly 32.1: 80-82. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature_association_quarterly/v032/32.1nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2006 Review of Kenneth B. Kidd's Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral TaleMen and Masculinities 8.3: 369-371.
2005 Review of UnderWords: Perspectives on Don DeLillo’s Underworld, edited by Joseph Dewey, Steven G. Kellman, and Irving Malin.  symplokê 13.1-2: 370-371. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/symploke/v013/13.1nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2005 "A Tale of Two Canons." Review of Michelle H. Martin's Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002 and Anita Silvey's 100 Best Books for Children. Children's Literature 33: 242-51. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature/v033/33.1nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2004 Review of The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader, edited by Caroline F. Levander and Carol J. Singley. American Historical Review 109.5 (Dec. 2004): 1587-88. <www.historycooperative.org/journals/ahr/109.5/br_65.html>.
2004 "O Puppet, Where Art Thou?: The Transformations of Pinocchio." Review of Richard Wunderlich and Thomas J. Morrissey's Pinocchio Goes Postmodern: Perils of a Puppet in the United States. Children's Literature 32: 226-230. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/childrens_literature/v032/32.1nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2003 Review of Mark Osteen's American Magic and Dread: Don DeLillo's Dialogue with Culture. Studies in the Novel 35.1 (Spring 2003): 128-31.
2002 Review of Productive Postmodernism: Consuming Histories and Cultural Studies, edited by John N. Duvall. South Atlantic Review 67.4 (Fall 2002): 174-77.
2002 "Metaphors and Paranoia: Two Approaches to Contemporary American Fiction." Review of Timothy Melley's Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America and Arthur Saltzman's This Mad "Instead": Governing Metaphors in Contemporary Fiction. Modern Fiction Studies 48.2 (Summer 2002): 480-85. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/modern_fiction_studies/v048/48.2nel.html>. (Available to subscribers of Project Muse.)
2002 Review of David Lewis's Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text. Children's Literature Association Quarterly 27.1 (Spring 2002): 57-58.
2001 "Inside Picture Books, Outside of History." Review of Ellen Handler Spitz's Inside Picture Books. Children's Literature 29: 275-80.
2001 Review of James Carter's Talking Books. The Lion and the Unicorn 25.2 (April 2001): 328-30. <muse.jhu.edu/journals/lion_and_the_unicorn/v025/25.2nel.html> (Available to subscribers of Project Muse).
1998 Review of Amy Hempel's Tumble Home. Studies in Short Fiction 35.2 (Summer 1998): 199-200.
1997 Review of Micro Fiction, edited by Jerome Stern. Studies in Short Fiction 34.4 (Fall 1997): 532-33.

Reviews

2017 "Refugee Stories for Young Readers." Public Books. 23 Mar. 2017: <http://www.publicbooks.org/refugee-stories-for-young-readers/>.
2015 "The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents: Macbeth." Bulletin: The Magazine of Choate Rosemary Hall Spring 2015: 62. <https://issuu.com/choaterosemaryhall/docs/choate_bulletin_spring15>
1998-2000 Twenty-three book reviews for The Post and Courier, the daily paper of Charleston, SC. August 1998-May 2000. <www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/reviews>.
1999 Review of Mary Gabriel's Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored. The Forum: Women's Studies at the College of Charleston 2.2 (Spring 1999): 6-7.

INVITED LECTURES (Selected):


CONFERENCE PAPERS:

2017 "Children of the World, Unite!: Respecting Difference and Building Community Through Books for Young People.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 9-12 Nov. 2017.
2016 “Desegregating the Imagination: A Manifesto for Anti-Racist Children’s Literature.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. 18 Nov. 2016.
2016 “Crockett Johnson’s Careful Satire: Barnaby Meets the Cold War, 1948-1949.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference.  Columbus, OH. 10 June 2016.
2016 “Drawing Lessons: Harold, a Purple Crayon, and Creative Play in Postwar America.” The Child and the Book. University of Wroclaw. Wroclaw, Poland. 20 May 2016.
2016 “The Weird, the Wild, the Wonderful: A Cross-Cultural Look at Normality in Children’s Literature.” Co-presented with Nina Christensen. Modern Language Association. Austin, TX. 9 Jan. 2016.
2015 “Hurricane Katrina, Racial Invisibility, and Fantastic Flying Books: The Aestheticization of Misery in William Joyce.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON. 11 Oct. 2015.
2015 “Childhoods ‘outside the boundaries of imagination’: Race, Genre, and the Segregation of African American Children’s Literature.” Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. University of Worcester, UK. 11 Aug. 2015.
2015 “Is This 2015 or 1965?: Structures of Racism in Children’s Literature.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference. Richmond, VA. 18-20 June 2015.
2014 "How to Read Uncomfortably: Affect, Power, and Resisting Racist Children’s Books." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. 9 Nov. 2014.
2014 "What We Talk About When We Talk About Race: Affect, Racism, and Classic Children’s Books."Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research. Geelong, Victoria, Australia. 2 July 2014.
2014 "Teaching Racist Children’s Books; or, How and Why to Make Readers Uneasy." Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference. Columbia, SC. 21 June 2014.
2013 "Laughing from the Left: Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby, and the Limits of Satire as a Means of Dissent." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 24 Nov. 2013.
2013 "Whiteness, Nostalgia, and Fantastic Flying Books: The Disappearance of Race in William Joyce." 21st Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.  Maastricht, Netherlands.  12 Aug. 2013.

2013

"Manifesto for a Comics-Children’s Literature Alliance." 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference.  Biloxi, MS.  14 Jun. 2013
2012 "Getting a Race-Lift: Whitewashing, Marketing, and Resistance in Children’s Literature."  American Studies Association Annual Meeting.  San Juan, Puerto Rico. 16 Nov. 2012.
2012 "Don’t Judge a Book by Its Color: Whitewashing, Race, and Resistance."  39th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference. Simmons College. Boston, MA. 14 June 2012.
2012 "Not Genres, but Modes of Graphic Narrative: Comics and Picture Books."  Modern Language Association.  Seattle, WA.  7 Jan. 2012.
2011 "Re-Imagining America: Jeff Smith, Herman Melville, and American Dreamscapes." Co-presented with Jennifer A. Hughes.  American Studies Association Annual Meeting.  Baltimore, MD.  23 Oct. 2011.
2011 "Erasing Race to Keep Kids Safe?: The Ideological Effects of Bowdlerizing Children’s Literature."  20th Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.  Brisbane, Australia.  5 July 2011.
2010 "The Hope in the Joke: The Politics of Laughter in Dr. Seuss."  American Studies Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. 20 Nov. 2010.
2010 "Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss."  Panel on "Writing a Biography of a Children’s Author."  Children’s Literature Association Conference.  Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, MI.  11 June 2010.
2009 "Obamafiction for Children: Imagining the Fourty-Fourth President." American Studies Association Annual Meeting: Practices of Citizenship, Sustainability and Belonging. 6 Nov. 2009. Washington, DC.
2009 "The Obamafication of Children’s Literature: Representing the 44th U.S. President." 19th Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.  Frankfurt, Germany.  12 Aug. 2009.
2009 "From the Bank Street School to the New York School: The Poetry of Ruth Krauss."  Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association.  Charlotte, NC.  11 June 2009.
2008 "Writing the Lives of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss." Modernist Studies Association. Nashville, TN. 14 Nov. 2008.
2008 "The Black Cat in the Hat: Seuss and Race in the 1950s." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Back Down to the Crossroads: Integrative American Studies in Theory and Practice. Albuquerque, NM. 18 Oct. 2008.
2008 "How to Publish Your Book; or, The Little Manuscript That Could." Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association: Reimagining Normal.  Normal, IL.  12 June 2008.
2008 "Postmodernism." Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association: Reimagining Normal.  Normal, IL.  12 June 2008.
2007 "The Power of the Director: Harry Potter, from Page to Screen." 18th Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.  Kyoto, Japan. 27 Aug. 2007.
2007 "A Hole to Dig, a Purple Crayon, and the FBI: Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss in the 1950s." The Futures of American Studies Institute 2007: Reconfigurations of American Studies.  Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH. 19 June 2007.
2007 "Inventing a Radical Tradition in Children's Literature." Co-presented with Julia Mickenberg.  Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association.  Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. 15 June 2007.
2007 "Punching the Clock and Turning Left: Crockett Johnson's Missing Years, 1925-1934." American Literature Association: 18th Annual Conference. Boston, MA. 24 May 2007.
2006 "Dave and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson Grows Up, 1906-1924."  Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association: Transformations.  Manhattan Beach, CA.  9 June 2006.
2006 "The Purple Crayon and the Red Scare: Harold, Crockett Johnson, and the FBI." Privacy: 15th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. 11 Mar. 2006.
2005 "A Book Is to Write: Ruth Krauss and the Bank Street School, 1945-1953."  American Literature Association: 2005 Conference.  Boston, MA. 26 May 2005.
2005 "License to Imagine: The Charmed Childhood of Ruth Krauss." Sixth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville, TN. 1 Apr. 2005.
2004 "Harold and the Red Crayon: The Radical Art of Crockett Johnson, 1934-1944" Children's Literature Association Annual Conference: Dreams and Visions. Fresno, CA. 11 June 2004.
2003 "Children's Literature Goes to War: Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman, Munro Leaf, and the Private SNAFU Films (1943-46)." Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association: "Violence and Belonging." Hartford, CT. 18 Oct. 2003.
2003 "Sex, Alcohol, and Con-Men: The Other Side of Dr. Seuss." American Literature Association: 2003 Conference. Cambridge, MA. 22 May 2003.
2003 "A Very Special House: Maurice Sendak, Ruth Krauss, and Crockett Johnson, 1950-1960." Fifth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville, TN. 11 April 2003.
2002 "The Cat in the Hat for President: Dr. Seuss and the Public Imagination." 2002 SAMLA Convention. Baltimore, MD. 16 Nov. 2002.
2002 "U.S. Laureate of Nonsense: A Seussian Poetics." Children's Literature Association Annual Conference: Education in Children's Literature. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 15 June 2002.
2002 "You say 'jelly,' I say 'Jell-O'?: Harry Potter and the Transfiguration of Language." Children's Literature Association Annual Conference: Education in Children's Literature. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 14 June 2002.
2002 "Faithful to Profit, One Hundred Percent?: The Disneyfication of Dr. Seuss." Late Modern Planet: 11th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium. Manhattan, KS. 7 March 2002.
2001 "Being 'alert to the clarity of the moment': Language and Experience in DeLillo's The Body Artist." American Literature Association: 2001 Conference. Cambridge, MA. 27 May 2001.
2001 "The Life and Work of Crockett Johnson: Scenes from a Biography in Progress." Fourth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville, TN. 7 April 2001.
2000 "'Said a Bird in the Midst of a Blitz...': The World War II Cartoons of Dr. Seuss." Children's Literature Association Annual Conference: Landmarks, Boundaries, and Watersheds. Roanoke, VA. 22 June 2000.
2000 "Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Postmodernism: Donald Barthelme and the Historical Avant-Garde." Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY. 26 February 2000.
1999 "Just a Dream?: Chris Van Allsburg and Surrealism at the End of the Twentieth Century." Border Subjects IV: Growing Up (Post)Modern. Normal, IL. 8 October 1999.
1999 "Amazons in the Underworld: Gender, the Body, and Power in the Novels of Don DeLillo." The American Literature Association: Tenth Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. 30 May 1999.
1999 "'Never overlook the art of the seemingly simple': Crockett Johnson and the Politics of the Purple Crayon." Third Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville, TN. 26 March 1999.
1998 "'A small incisive shock': Modern Forms, Postmodern Politics, and the Role of the Avant-Garde in Underworld." Don DeLillo: "At the Edges of Perception." Rutgers, NJ. 25 March 1998.
1997 "Dada Knows Best: Growing Up 'Surreal' with Dr. Seuss." Second Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville, TN. 11 April 1997.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY:

2018 Chair and organizer, "Calling Dumbledore's Army: Activist Children's Literature." Modern Language Association. New York, NY. 4-7 Jan. 2018.
2017 Co-chair and co-organizer (with Nina Christensen), “Migration, Refugees, and Diaspora in Children’s Literature.” Panel featuring Lee Talley, Anastasia Ulanowicz, and Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo. Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, PA. 7 Jan. 2017.
2016 Panelist, “Where American Studies is at Home/not Home: Working in Different Disciplinary and Professional Contexts.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. 18 Nov. 2016.
2016 Panelist (with Jeff Smith & Eric Reynolds), “Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby: What Makes a Great Comic Strip.” Moderator: Tom Spurgeon. Comic-Con. San Diego, CA. 21 July 2016.
2016 Chair and organizer, “Children’s Literature Scholarship and Its Publics.” Panel discussion featuring Julie Danielson, Marah Gubar, Don Tate, and Ebony Thomas. Modern Language Association. Austin, TX. 8 Jan. 2016.
2015 Master Teacher, Children’s Literature Master Class, Newcastle University, UK, 6 Aug. 2015.
2015 Panelist, “Rollins Book Award Winners Q&A.” Southwest Popular / American Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM. 13 Feb. 2015.
2013 Co-chair and co-organizer (with Lissa Paul), "Keywords for Children's Literature: A Roundtable Discussion." Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Maastricht, Netherlands. 13 Aug. 2013.
2012 Panelist (with Daniel Clowes, Mark Newgarden, Chris Ware, Eric Reynolds), “Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby and the American Clear Line School.”  Small Press Expo. Bethesda, MD. 15 Sept 2012.
2012 Co-chair and co-organizer (with Lissa Paul), “Filling the Gaps: The Future of Keywords for Children’s Literature.”  Modern Language Association.  Seattle, WA.  5 Jan. 2012.
2008 Co-chair and co-organizer (with Lissa Paul), "Keywords for Children’s Literature." Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association: Reimagining Normal.  Normal, IL.  12 June 2008.

2007

Chair and Organizer, "The Cat in the Hat at Fifty." 2007 MLA Convention. Chicago, IL. 28 Dec. 2007.
2007 Panelist, "Canon: Its Context and Completion," Prophecy 2007: From Hero to Legend, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 3 Aug. 2007.
2007 Chair and Organizer, “Recovering a Radical Tradition of Children’s Literature.” Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association.  Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. 15 June 2007.
2005 Chair and Organizer, "Children's Literature Discussion Circle: Life and Work."  2005 SAMLA Convention.  Atlanta, GA. 5 Nov. 2005.
2005 Chair and Organizer, "Green Eggs and Aesthetics: The 1960s and American Nonsense Literature." American Literature Association: 2005 Conference.  Boston, MA. 26 May 2005.
2004 Chair and Organizer, "Children's Literature and the Left." 2004 MLA Convention. Philadelphia, PA. 28 Dec. 2004.
2004 Participant, "Syllabus Exchange: Approaches to Teaching Children's Literature Using Technology." Children's Literature Association Annual Conference: Dreams and Visions. Fresno, CA. 12 June 2004.
2003 Panelist, “Publishing on Potter: Dodging the Bludgers.”  Nimbus 2003: The Harry Potter Symposium.  Orlando, FL. 19 July 2003.
2003 Panelist, "Plenary Session: Picturebooks." Fifth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. Nashville, TN. 11 April 2003.
2002 Chair and Organizer, "The Politics of Popular American Children's Books." 2002 SAMLA Convention. Baltimore, MD. 16 Nov. 2002.
2000 Chair and Organizer, "The P2K Problem: Excavating the Future of Postmodernism." Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY. 26 February 2000.

ACADEMIC HONORS AND GRANTS:

2017 Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume Three: 1946-1947, co-edited with Eric Reynolds, nominated for an Eisner Award
2016 Balfour Jeffrey Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award.
2014 Phi Kappa Phi.
2014 Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume One: 1942-1943 (co-edited with Eric Reynolds) nominated for an Eisner Award.
2013-2014 Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature nominated for an Eisner Award, 2013; named a Children's Literature Assocation Honor Book, 2014; winner of Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's Rollins Book Award, 2014.
2011 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, Kansas State University.

2005-2006

Big 12 Faculty Fellowship.
2005 Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.
2004 Choice Magazine's "Outstanding Academic Books of 2004" for Dr. Seuss: American Icon.
2004 William L. Stamey Teaching Award, Kansas State University.
2004 Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant, Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut.
2003 NEH Summer Stipend.
2001 Children's Literature Association Article Award for "Dada Knows Best: Growing Up 'Surreal' with Dr. Seuss," Children's Literature 27 (1999): 150-84.
2000-2006 University Small Research Grant, Kansas State University, Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2006.
2000 College Research & Development Grant, College of Charleston.
1993-1997 University Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt University.
1992-1993 University Fellowship, Vanderbilt University.
1992 Phi Beta Kappa.

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"Aberrations in the Heartland of the Real": A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century America. Directed by Professor Cecelia Tichi.


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Children’s Literature and Culture, Comics and Graphic Novels, Childhood Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies.



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