About Dr. Smith
I am currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Central Michigan University where I teach courses in children's literature, young adult literature, American literature, and composition. My research interests include adolescent and children's literature, temporality, feminism, diversity, narrative theory, science fiction, and reading communities.
I am also a coordinator of Central Michigan University's Annual Banned Books Week. Held for the first time in 2012, this event is designed to help students, faculty, staff, and members of the Mount Pleasant community learn more about the increasing tendency to ban literature and other texts for children, teens, and adults.
I received my PhD in English Studies with a specialization in Children's Literature from Illinois State University in May 2010. My dissertation, The Anxiety of Time in Young Adult Literature: Writing the Adolescent Body, examines the prevalence of anxieties of time in young adult literature and investigates how those anxieties “write” the adolescent body and help define the genre. It was directed by Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites.
I received my Master Degree at Missouri State University where my thesis examined the crossover successes of the Oz, Wrinkle in Time, and Harry Potter fantasy series.