Professor and Associate Head / Graduate Faculty
Ph.D. 1993, University of Connecticut
Office: English/Counseling Services Bldg. 101
Phone: (785) 532-2167
Fields of interest:
Children's and Adolescent Literature; American Literature
Anne K. Phillips specializes in American children's and adolescent literature. She and Gregory Eiselein have co-edited The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia (2001), the Norton Critical Edition of Alcott's Little Women (2004), Critical Insights: Little Women (2015), and Critical Insights: Louisa May Alcott (2016). They are the co-hosts of Little Women 150, a blog commemorating the sesquicentennial of Little Women. Anne has also co-edited Children's Literature 21 (1993), and, with Christine Doyle, Children's Literature 34 (2006), a volume dedicated to the works of Alcott.
With Miranda Green-Barteet, Anne has co-edited Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond (forthcoming, University Press of Mississippi, 2019).
Anne continues to conduct research on illustrations and children’s literature, including the images associated with works such as L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wilder's "Little House" series, and Carol Ryrie Brink's Caddie Woodlawn, among others. Her essay on the illustrated editions of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden appears in Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden: A Children's Classic at 100 (2011), edited by Jackie C. Horne and Joe Sutliff Sanders.
At Kansas State University, Anne has been awarded the Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997), the Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of the Year Award (2004), and the inaugural Ronald N. Gaches Lifetime Teaching Award (2016), as well as the Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Advising (2010). Associate Department Head since 2000, Anne chaired the Children's Literature Division of the MLA in 1999 and served as President of the Children's Literature Association in 2006. She served as associate editor of the Children's Literature Association Quarterly under Editor Kate Capshaw. Currently, she serves as President of the Louisa May Alcott Society.