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Gabrielle Halko

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Main Hall Room 532
720 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm
Summer Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm

Phone: 610-436-2822

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Gabrielle Halko

Associate Professor; Assistant Chair For Students and Student Learning; Post-Baccalaureate Advisor
Main Hall 543


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., College of William & Mary in Virginia


  • Children's & Young Adult Literatures and Cultures
  • Diversity and Representation in Childhood Studies
  • Children's Experiences of War/Internment/Occupation in Children's Literature
  • Japanese American Incarceration in Children's Literature
  • Literature of the Great Depression
  • Pedagogy of Poetry
  • American Poetry

Selected Scholarship

I co-founded & edit a new scholarly journal, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. RDYL is online,  peer-reviewed, and open access; our mission is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.

As part of my research into children's lives during World War II, I created the website “War Stories: Children’s Experiences of Occupation & Internment in WWII” This site is a unique resource that offers crucial insight into what children’s lives were like under occupation and internment in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the Pacific.

My book chapter “Docile Bodies in the Classroom: Invisibility, Erasure, and the Racial Violence of Children’s Literature” is forthcoming in the collection I Die Daily: Police Brutality, Black Bodies, and the Force of Children's Literature from The University Press of Mississippi. Editors: Michelle Hite and Althea Tait.

In addition, I give conference presentations several times a year, including these recent talks: 

“The Startup Nobody Recognized: Entrepreneurship & Developmental Relationships in Scholarly Publishing” 
University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference, Albuquerque 

“Nevertheless, She Resisted: Dorothea Lange's Photography of Japanese American Incarceration.” Children’s Literature Association: San Antonio, TX 

“Impossible Losses: Images of Motherhood in WWII Occupation Narratives” International Research Society for Children’s Literature: Toronto, Canada

“The Buffer of Britishness: Transition, Resistance, and National Identity In Narratives of Childhood Internment” Society for the History of Childhood and Youth: Camden, NJ 

“Writing 9/11: Young Adult Readers, Cultural Transformation, and the Urgency of National Identity” Children’s Literature Association: Tampa, FL 

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