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

EDUCATION: 

Ph.D., English, Vanderbilt University.

1997

M.A., English, Vanderbilt University.

1993

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

1992

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

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


INVITED LECTURES (Selected):


CONFERENCE PAPERS:

"How to Read Uncomfortably: Affect, Power, and Resisting Racist Children’s Books." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. 6-9 Nov. 2014. 2014
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Race: Affect, Racism, and Classic Children’s Books."Australasian Children's Literatuer 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. 2014
"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.  13-15 Jun. 2013

2013

"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. 2012
"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. 2011
"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. 2010
"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. 2009
"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. 2008
"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. 2007
"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. 2006
"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. 2005
"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. 2004
"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. 2003
"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. 2002
"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. 2001
"'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. 2000
"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. 1999
"'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. 1998
"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. 1997

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY:

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. 2013
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. 2012
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. 2008
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. 2007
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. 2005
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. 2004
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. 2003
Chair and Organizer, "The Politics of Popular American Children's Books." 2002 SAMLA Convention. Baltimore, MD. 16 Nov. 2002. 2002
Chair and Organizer, "The P2K Problem: Excavating the Future of Postmodernism." Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY. 26 February 2000. 2000

ACADEMIC HONORS AND GRANTS:

Phi Kappa Phi. 2014
Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volume One: 1942-1943 (co-edited with Eric Reynolds) nominated for an Eisner Award. 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. 2013-2014
Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, Kansas State University. 2011
Big 12 Faculty Fellowship.

2005-2006

Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. 2005
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. 2004
NEH Summer Stipend. 2003
Children's Literature Association Article Award for "Dada Knows Best: Growing Up 'Surreal' with Dr. Seuss," Children's Literature 27 (1999): 150-84. 2001
University Small Research Grant, Kansas State University, Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2006. 2000-2006
College Research & Development Grant, College of Charleston. 2000
University Teaching Fellowship, Vanderbilt University. 1993-1997
University Fellowship, Vanderbilt University. 1992-1993
Phi Beta Kappa. 1992

QUOTED IN MEDIA (Partial List): USA Today, Washington Post, CBS Sunday Morning, Talk of the Nation (NPR), Morning Edition (NPR), Weekend Edition Saturday (NPR), New York Times, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Book TV (C-SPAN2), San Francisco Chronicle, The World (BBC/PRI), The Voice of America, Book Talk (Radio National, Australia), Life Matters (Radio National, Australia), Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hartford Courant, Daily Telegraph (UK), Globe and Mail (Toronto), National Post (Toronto), CNN.com, Publishers Weekly, Investor’s Business Daily, MacLean’s, Semana (Columbia), Arena (RTE Radio 1, Ireland). For a more complete list, please click on this sentence.


LISTINGS: Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in America.


DISSERTATION: 

"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, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies.


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