Melissa Sara Smith Online


Ferris State University

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Office Location:

ASC 3030

Office Hours:

(Summer 2017)

No office hours;

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About Dr. Smith


I am an assistant professor of children's literature at Ferris State University where I teach a wide range of courses in literature and composition. My research interests include adolescent and children's literature, temporality and corporeality, feminism, diversity, narrative theory, science fiction, and reading communities. I am the Assistant Department Chair of the English, Literature, and World Languages department, and I am the faculty adviser for the Ferris State English Society.


I received my PhD in English Studies with a specialization in Children's Literature from Illinois State University in May 2010. My dissertation, The Anxiety of Time in Young Adult Literature: Writing the Adolescent Body, examines the prevalence of anxieties of time in young adult literature and investigates how those anxieties “write” the adolescent body and help define the genre. It was directed by Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites.


I received my Master Degree at Missouri State University where my thesis examined the crossover successes of the Oz, Wrinkle in Time, and Harry Potter fantasy series.