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I am a Full Professor of English and have disciplinary expertise in American literature, Young Adult/Children’s Literatures, and literary theory. I serve as the NJ State Ambassador for the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents (ALAN) and am a Past-President of the NJ Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE). I am also a New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholar and I travel all over the state offering workshops, presentations, and professional development seminars.
My most recent publications are two co-edited collections: Critical Insights: John Steinbeck’s The Pearl (Salem/Grey House Press) and Letters to Secretary DeVos: What We Want You to Know About Education (Brill Publishers) both out in fall 2019.
My husband, Jim Nicosia, and I have a 2-volume set on Notable American Women Writers (under contract with Salem/Grey House Press: anticipated release in January 2020) and another book under contract with Myers Education Press to be released summer 2020 (Examining Images of Urban Life: A Resource for Teachers of Young Adult Literature).
In the past few years, I have published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Gloria Naylor, Sarah Orne Jewett, Suzanne Collins, Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar, Paolo Bacigalupi, Philip Roth, and Marianne Moore.
Other projects on my scholarly agenda are: a monograph on Gloria Naylor and one on the The Posthuman Chimera and Monstrous Other in Young Adult Literature and Popular Culture.
One of my most important pedagogical initiatives is to bring diverse voices (both in characters and written by diverse authors) into my reading lists and syllabi. These include thematic focuses on issues around mental health, suicide, trauma, economic disparity, racism, and censorship.
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My areas of scholarly interest rest in Modern/Contemporary American fiction and poetry, young adult and children's literatures, diverse voices, science fiction, speculative fiction, and educational applications for social networking media. Some of my more recent publications examine the narrative constructs of Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar, Philip Roth, John Dufresne, Willa Cather, and Gloria Naylor.
With my expertise in Modern and Contemporary American literature, I also serve as Volume Advisor/Curator for Gale Publishing's Short Story Criticism, Children's Literary Review, and Contemporary Literary Review. I have curated entries on numerous authors such as: A. A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, Frank Baum, Gloria Naylor, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Louis Sachar, Suzanne Collins, Roald Dahl, Theodore Geisel, Roald Dahl, and Walter Dean Myers, among others.
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