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Thomas Crisp

Assistant Professor    Assistant Professor of Literacy    

Children's and young adult literature, media, and culture; social justice and issues of diversity; literacy instruction


Dr. Thomas Crisp is an assistant professor of literacy in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. His professional work focuses on issues of social justice and children’s and young adult literature, media, and culture. In 2011, he received the International Reading Association‘s Elva Knight Research Grant, the International Research Society for Children’s Literature’s Research Grant, and the Florida Reading Association recognized him with the Marguerite Cogorno Radencich Award for “Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading.”

His work in the field of children’s and young adult literature relates primarily to issues of social justice and representations of traditionally marginalized populations. He is concerned specifically with literature by and/or about people who self-identify as LGBT or queer. His professional writing can be found in journals like Journal of Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature in Education, English Journal, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Lion and the Unicorn, International Research in Children’s Literature, Journal of LGBT Youth, Teacher Education & Practice and Horn Book Magazine. Dr. Crisp serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Children’s Literature and Language Arts, as well as the editorial boards for Children’s Literature in Education.

In January 2012, he began a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Literature Assembly (National Council of Teachers of English) and was also appointed CLA’s “Communications Co-Chair.” He serves as a member of the Children Literature Association‘s Article Award Committee, having previously served as a member of the Diversity (elected) and Publicity (appointed) Committees. He is editor of the “Emerging Voices” section of The Looking Glass: New Perspectives in Children’s Literature and, in December 2012, he co-edited (with Dr. Lance Weldy, Francis Marion University) a special issue of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (37.4).


Parker, A., Crisp, T., and Alvarez-McHatton, P. (2014). “Conceptualizing difference: Pre-service teachers’ constructions of disability.” Teacher Education & Practice, 27(1).

Weldy, L., and Crisp, T. (2012). “From Alice to Alana: Sexualities and children’s cultures in the Twenty-first century (Introductory essay to co-edited special issue).” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 37(4), 367-373.

Crisp, T., and Hiller, B. (2011). “Telling tales about gender: A critical analysis of Caldecott medal-winning picturebooks, 1938-2011.” Journal of Children’s Literature, 37(2), 18-29.

Crisp, T., and Hiller, B. (2011). “‘Is this a boy or a girl?’: Rethinking sex-role representation in Caldecott medal-winning picturebooks.” Children’s Literature in Education, 42(3), 196-212.

Crisp, T. (2011). “It’s not the book, it’s not the author, it’s the award: The Lambda literary award and the case for strategic essentialism.” Children’s Literature in Education, 42(2), 91-104.