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Gabrielle Halko

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Address:
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
Email: english-dept@wcupa.edu


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Gabrielle Halko

Associate Professor; Assistant Chair For Students and Student Learning; Post-Baccalaureate Advisor
Main Hall 543
GHalko@wcupa.edu
610-436-2371

Education

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

Interests

  • 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. http://lis.stkate.edu/rdyl/

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. https://kidsandwar.com/

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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