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Dr. Gabrielle Halko

Professor

College of Arts & Humanities - English

Bio

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Expertise

  • Diversity and Representation in Youth Literature
  • American Patriotism and Identity in Children’s Literature
  • Children's Experiences of Internment/Occupation
  • Japanese American Incarceration in Children's Literature
  • 9/11 in Children’s Literature
  • Children’s Poetry

Education

  • B.A., The College of William and Mary
  • M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University