American Literature and Culture Section
University of Wrocław, Institute of English Studies



visiting professors

dr Junko Yokota

dr Junko Yokota

Fulbright Professor of American Studies (2014-2015)

E-mail: junko.yokota@mac.com

Dr. Junko Yokota is Professor Emeritus of Reading and Language at National College of Education, National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career.

Her research focuses on visual narratives in picture books, multicultural and international literature, digital literature for children, and literacy instruction through quality literature. Her publications include five editions of a coauthored college textbook, Children’s Books in Children’s Hands, two children’s literature review columns, numerous journal articles as well as chapters in edited books.

Dr. Yokota is past president of USBBY, the U.S. national section of the IBBY. She served on the American Library Association’s Newbery Committee, chaired the Batchelder Committee, has served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award jury and most recently chaired the 2015 Caldecott Committee. She received the Virginia Hamilton Award for Contribution to Multicultural Literature and the Reading the World Award.

Born and raised in Japan, Junko Yokota is an active participant in the international children’s literature community.

She is spending the first half of 2015 at Wrocław University as a Fulbright Scholar.

Recent academic information can be found at: https://nl.academia.edu/JunkoYokota.

dr Dan Hade

dr Daniel Hade

Fulbright Professor of American Studies (2013-2014)

E-mail: danhade@icloud.com

Dan Hade specializes in literature for children and young adults. His research has ranged over areas such as children’s and teachers’ responses to literature, a semiotic understanding of multicultural children’s literature, social criticism, structural criticism of books for early readers, and issues of social justice. He’s served as administrator of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, editor of the Journal of Children’s Literature, and numerous editorial review boards. His current research projects concern how gender, poverty, and war are represented in literature for young people.

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dr Elisabeth Frost

dr Elisabeth Frost

Fulbright Professor of American Studies (2009-2010)

E-mail: frost.elisabeth@gmail.com

A poet and critic, Elisabeth Frost is the author of a collection of poetry, All of Us (White Pine Press, 2011); two chapbooks, Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press, 2009) and A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books, 2013); and a critical study, The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2003). She is also co-editor of Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (University of Iowa Press, 2006). In 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Wrocław. Frost is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University, where she also edits the Poets Out Loud book series from Fordham University Press.

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dr Stephanie Branson

dr Stephanie Branson

Fulbright Professor of American Studies (2004-2006)

E-mail: branson@uwplatt.edu

Stephanie Branson was a Professor at The University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 1990-2009, taking leaves of absence in 2001-2002 to teach at the Technical University of Wrocław, Poland, and in 2004-2006 to teach as a Fulbright Professor at The University of Wrocław. In 2011 she returned to the Department of English Studies of the University of Wrocław to serve as a Visiting Professor in American Studies.

During her sojourn in Poland, she presented twice at the PAAS conferences, once in 2005 in Kamien Slaski ("One Angry Indigenous Woman: Conformity and Resistance in Leslie Marmon Silko's Fiction") and again in Gdansk in 2011 ("The American Experience(s) of the Revolutionary War: Patriots, Loyalists, the Seneca Indians and Rip Van Winkle"). Finally, she gave an invited presentation at the Department of English Studies at the end of her Fulbright entitled "Searching for the Sacred Feminine: How the Da Vinci Code Fails." This was in addition to organizing the conference on the nature of reality in American, British and Polish literatures at OSPIP in 2006.

Recently, Stephanie Branson taught as a Fulbright Professor at The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (2013-2014). She has been invited to teach at The University of Bucharest in 2016.

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