I received my M.A. in English (emphasis in Children's Literature) from Missouri State University and my Ph.D. (emphasis in Children's Literature) from Illinois State University. My areas of interest include adolescent literature and narrative theory, but I'm very interested in the constructions of race and ethnicity in adolescent literature. I'm working on a series of projects that explores such novels as Sapphire's "Push," Virginia Hamilton's "Planet of Junior Brown," Jacqueline Woodson's "If You Come Softy," Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," and Gene Yang's "American Born Chinese." I have published articles in The Lion and the Unicorn and in Children's Literature in Education.
Additionally, I have written reviews for Children's Literature Association Quarterly and MELUS. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in children's and adolescent literature on a regular basis.
Curriculum Vitae: Stewart.pdf