Debbie Olson

Debbie Olson, PhD, is assistant professor of English at Missouri Valley College. Her research interests include images of children in film, television, and new media, critical race theory, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and discourse analysis. Her recent books include: (ed) The Child in World Cinema (Lexington 2018), (ed) with Adrian Schober, Children and Youth in American Television (Routledge 2018), The Black Child in Hollywood Cinema (Palgrave 2017), (ed) The Child in Post-apocalyptic Cinema (Lexington 2015), (ed) Children in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock (Palgrave 2014). 

Lan Dong
Senior Editor

Lan Dong is associate professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is the author of Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States (2011) and Reading Amy Tan (2009), and the editor of Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice (2012) and Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine: Essays on Literature, Film, Myth and Media (2010). She has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on Asian American literature and films, children’s literature, and popular culture. She is currently editing a two-volume encyclopedia on Asian American culture.

Lena Lee
Senior Edito

Lena Lee is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She earned her doctorate of Curriculum Studies in the U.S.A., and D.E.A of Women's Studies in France. Her scholarly interests include the relationship between young children, education, popular culture, and society, gender issues in media, and multicultural and international perspectives in cultural studies. She has had several manuscripts on these topics published in a wide variety of scholarly journals.

Caryn Murphy
Senior Editor

Caryn Murphy is an associate professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She teaches courses in the history and criticism of radio, television, and film. Her recent research focuses on television representations of race and gender. 

Jane O’Connor
Senior Editor


Jane O’Connor is a Reader in Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University, UK. Her PhD thesis formed the basis of her first book: The Cultural Significance of the Child Star (2008). Her research interests lie with representations of children in the media, especially ‘exceptional’ children, and children in film.

Markus Bohlmann
Senior Editor

Markus P.J. Bohlmann is a professor of English at Seneca College, Toronto. He has published in venues such as Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities and Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. He is the co-editor of Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors with Dr. Sean Moreland.

Adrian Schober
Senior Editor

Adrian Schober, who has a PhD in English from Monash University, Australia, is the author of Possessed Child Narratives in Literature and Film: Contrary States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and co-editor of Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg(Lexington Books, 2016).   He has published widely on the child figure and other topics, including peer-reviewed journal articles in Literature/Film QuarterlyPapers:  Explorations into Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, The Journal of Popular Culture and Senses of Cinema.  He is currently co-editing (with Debbie Olson) a two-volume collection on children in American television.  

Noel Brown

Senior Editor

Noel Brown is Lecturer in Media and Communication at Liverpool Hope University (UK). He previously taught at Newcastle University (where he received his PhD in film), Bangor University and the University of Sunderland. His primary research interests are in Hollywood and British cinema, particularly in relation to children's cinema and television, family entertainment, and animation. He is the author of The Hollywood Family Film: A History, from Shirley Temple to Harry Potter (I.B. Tauris, 2012), British Children's Cinema: From The Thief of Bagdad to Wallace and Gromit (I.B. Tauris, 2016), The Children's Film (Columbia UP, forthcoming), and Contemporary Hollywood Animation (Edinburgh UP, forthcoming), and co-editor of Family Films in Global Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2015) and Toy Story: Animation - Key Films (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).​

Craig Martin


Craig is a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne where his research on the history of monster child films focuses on the first half of the century of cinema. He teaches at La Trobe University in Melbourne where he completed an MA focussing on a carnivalesque reading of childhood innocence in “evil child” films. He has written for Screening the Past, Red Feather and Senses of Cinema, and contributed chapters to the books Kid Power!, Children in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock, and Il Grande incubo che mi son scelto: Prove di avvicinamento a Profondo Rosso / Les Frissons de 'Angoisse / Deep Red (1975 - 2015). 

Jane Newland


Jane Newland is  an Assistant Professor of French at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Her research marries the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze with children's literature.  Her doctoral thesis defined a new critical approach for children's series fiction based on Deleuze’s theory of pure repetition.  Her current research focuses on the children's texts written by some of the authors who fascinated Deleuze, including Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Lewis Carroll, André Dhôtel and Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. She has published articles in journals such as Modern and Contemporary France, International Research in Children's Literature and Jeunesse: young people, texts, cultures.

Karen J. Renner


​Karen J. Renner is Senior Lecturer in English at Northern Arizona University. Her edited collection The 'Evil Child' in Literature,Film and Popular Culture was published by Routledge in 2012, and her own book on the topic, Evil Children in the Popular Imagination, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. She is currently working on a new project on criminal children.

Meredith A. Bak

Meredith A. Bak is the Artemis A. W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. She holds a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include media archaeology, technologies of vision, archival and museum studies, and children’s media.  Her current book project, Perception and Playthings: Optical Toys and the Development of Children’s Vision, focuses on pre-cinematic visual media such as movable books and optical toys like the zoetrope, thaumatrope, and stereoscope, and their role in shaping perceptual paradigms for children at the turn of the twentieth century. A second project, which concerns Augmented Reality toys, is also underway. She has also worked in museum education and taught animation, video game design, and video production. She writes about her research interests and related projects at:

Christine Singer

Christine Singer is currently pursuing a PhD on 'Childhood, Youth, and Screen Media in Post-Apartheid South Africa' at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Christine holds an MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication, in addition to a BA in African Studies and Development Studies from SOAS. She has worked at charities, media organisations, and cultural events, most recently, at 'Film Africa', the UK’s major annual festival for African cinema and culture.

LuElla D'Amico

LuElla D'Amico is an Assistant Professor of English and Co-Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Her research interests include examining girlhood and girl culture in early and nineteenth-century America, and she has published numerous articles and book chapters about this topic. In 2016, she edited a collection titled Girls’ Series Fiction and American Popular Culture. She serves as President of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society and is currently at work on a monograph about young, unwed mothers in nineteenth-century American literature.​

Cyndi Maurer

Cyndi Maurer is an adjunct professor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. Ms Maurer teaches a range of classes from intro to childhood studies to children’s television as well as kids’ media culture. Her research interests include tween girls, children’s television, and tweens’ use of media.

Fran Pheasant-Kelly


Fran Pheasant-Kelly is MA Film Studies Course Leader and Reader in Screen Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Her research spans fantasy, terrorism, space, science and abjection in film and television. She is the author of numerous publications including two monographs, Abject Spaces in American Cinema: Institutions, Identity and Psychoanalysis in Film (IB Tauris 2013) and Fantasy Film Post 9/11 (Palgrave 2013), and the co-editor of Spaces of the Cinematic Home: Behind the Screen Door (Routledge 2015). 

Dorsía Smith Silva

Dorsía Smith Silva is associate professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is the co-editor of The Caribbean without Borders: Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture (2008), Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Culture (2010), and Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering (2013), and editor of Latina/Chicana Mothering (2011). Her work has appeared in several journals, including Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Journal of Caribbean Literature, POUI, and Sargasso.  She is currently working on two book projects about mothering.

Daniel Farr

Daniel Farr, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice  at Kennesaw State University.  His research engages with the areas of queer and LGBT studies, masculinities, the body, and media.  Among his publications he has examined online personal ads, sissy boyhood, and queer imagery in television and film programs, such as Pushing Daisies, The L-Word, Queer as Folk, and Khush.  He has guest edited special journal issues on “Global Lesbian Cinema” (Journal of Lesbian Studies), “Fat Masculinities” (Men and Masculinities), and “Men and Masculinities in Women’s Studies” (Women’s Studies).  His current work is examining the LGBTQ media imagery in film and television, as well in digital social media.  He also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Lesbian Studies and Psychology & Sexuality.

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ISSN: 2150-5381
OCLC Number: 429903332

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