Welcome to my webpage! I’m Amanda K. Allen, a Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses within the Children’s Literature Program, and occasionally a cross-listed course within the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
My research focuses primarily on the following areas:
- junior novels (1940s-1960s US adolescent girl romance novels)
- women’s literary and employment history (particularly as it relates to midcentury editors and librarians)
- the history of the children’s publishing industry in the United States and Canada
- fan studies
- popular romance studies
I am currently the Young Adult section editor for the peer-reviewed Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS), and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in publishing academic work on young adult literature and romance (broadly defined).
This website contains information on my research, presentations, and teaching, as well as contact information. Please check out my blog, in which I record aspects of my research (particularly items related to midcentury editors, librarians, English Education, and pre-canonical young adult literature)!