Gabrielle Halko

Gabrielle Halko

Professor
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

In 2016 I co-founded a new scholarly journal, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, and served as inaugural co-editor for Volumes 1-4. 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/

I have two forthcoming book chapters

“Reclaiming History: The Contradictory Work of Picture Books About Japanese American Incarceration” will appear in the collection Alt KidLit: What Children’s Literature Has Been, Never Was, and Might Yet Be from the University Press of Mississippi.

“Docile Bodies in the Classroom: Invisibility, Erasure, and the Racial Violence of Children’s Literature” will appear in the collection I Die Daily: Police Brutality, Black Bodies, and the Force of Children's Literature from the University Press of Mississippi. 

My article, “Baseball, Blue Jays, Bracelets, and Barbed Wire: Picture Books and the Visual Iconography of Japanese American Incarceration” is forthcoming in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.

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

“Decolonizing Children’s Literature: Diversity & Representation in Six Scholarly Journals.” Poster Presentation with undergraduate English majors Camryn Carwll, Kathleen Fricke, Shannon Montgomery, Shannon Solley, and Samantha Walsh. WCU Research & Creative Activities Day, April 2020.

“Creating the Space We Need: Inquiry, Representation and Community on the Path to a New Scholarly Journal.” Part of combined roundtable, “Spirited Inquiry on Equity and Social Justice.” National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE): Baltimore, MD, November 2019

“What Does Justice Look Like? Hybridity and Reader Activism in Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” Children’s Literature Association: Indianapolis, IN, June 2019

 

 

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