Michelle Ann Abate is an associate professor of English at Hollins University and editor of the journal Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press). She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York in 2004.
Michelle is the author of three books of literary criticism: Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), Raising Your Kids Right: Children’s Literature and American Political Conservatism (Rutgers University Press, 2010), and Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History (Temple University Press, 2008).
In addition, Michelle has published critical essays on a wide range of topics, including The Muppet Show, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Louisa May Alcott, Caddie Woodlawn, William Faulkner, Where the Wild Things Are, Mark Twain, "Snow White," Willa Cather, the Left Behind novels for kids, and the genres of lesbian pulp fiction and young adult novels.
At Hollins University, Michelle teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature, U.S. literature and culture, LGBTQ studies, and American film. As an affiliated faculty member in the graduate program in children’s literature, Michelle has taught a variety of courses including ENG 550: Walt Disney, the Fairy Tale Tradition and American Childhood; ENG 559: When Childhood Goes to Hollywood: Children’s Literature and Film; and ENG 542: The History and Criticism of Children’s Literature.
Michelle is also the co-editor of three books of critical essays: C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Casebook, with Lance Weldy (Palgrave, 2012); Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to International Icon, with Annette Wannamaker (Routledge, 2011), Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adult Literature, with Kenneth B. Kidd (University of Michigan Press, 2010).
In recent years, Michelle's work has been discussed in The Boston Globe, she has been a featured guest on NPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, and she has written an invited opinion piece for The New York Times about current trends in young adult fiction. Michelle's book Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History was a finalist for the national Lambda Literary Awards in the category of LGBTQ Studies.