Melissa Sara Smith Online


(This Site Undergoing Transition/Revision)

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Summer 2014:

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About Dr. Smith


I just finished a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Central Michigan University where I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children's literature, young adult literature, American literature, and composition. In the fall I will join Ferris State University as an assistant professor of children's literature. Expect some minor changes to this site as I transition to this new job!

My research interests include adolescent and children's literature, temporality, feminism, diversity, narrative theory, science fiction, and reading communities.


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.