MemberJodi Eichler-Levine

…Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature

(New York: New York University Press, April 2013).

(Paperback: New York University Press, April 2015)

Reviewed in: American Literary History Advance, American Jewish History, Catholic Library

World, Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Choice, The Lion and

The Unicorn.


“Jews, Race, Religion,” in Paul Harvey and Kathryn Gin Lum, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Religion

and Race in American History (New York: Oxford University Press). (forthcoming, 2018)


“Maurice Sendak’s Jewish Mother(s),” in Jane Kanarek, Marjorie Lehman, and Simon Bronner, eds.,

Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (Oxford, UK: Littman Library of

Jewish Civilization, 2017).


“Golems and Goblins: The Monstrous in Jewish Children…

Jodi Eichler-Levine is an associate professor of Religion Studies and serves as the Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh University and Director of American Studies. Her work is located at the intersection of Jewish studies, religion in North America, literature, material culture, and gender studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University and a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Before coming to Lehigh, she spent eight years as a professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Professor Eichler-Levine is the author of Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2013), which was reissued in paperback in 2015. In this work, she analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. Her publications have also appeared in American Quarterly, Shofar, and other journals.  Additionally, she has written for Religion DispatchesTikkunReligion in American History (where her work was also featured), and the Christian Century Then and Now blog. As an affiliate of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies and a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core faculty, Dr. Eichler-Levine’s teaching encompasses a wide range of topics, including Jewish comics and graphic novels, religion and food; religious children’s literature; modern Jews; Jews, gender and sexuality; and religion, sci-fi, and fantasy. On the national level, has previously served as co-chair of  co-chair of the Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus  and of the  American Academy of Religion’s Religion, Memory, History Group. Future projects include a book length work on Jewish women, material culture, politics, and performance, currently titled Crafting Judaism: American Jewish Women and Creativity. Professor Eichler-Levine also continues to write on Jewish children’s literature and on race, ethnicity, and religion in the United States. When she is not wearing her professional hats, Professor Eichler-Levine enjoys knitting, sci-fi and fantasy series (all-time favorite: Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the Boston Red Sox, and the Green Bay Packers. She lives in the Lehigh Valley with her husband and daughter.

MemberMarina Gerzic

…/Winter, 2015),
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
·         Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. ““Did Shakespeare really write this racy stuff?”: Irreverence and Play in Shakespearean Adaptations.” Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. Eds. Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. (Under contract with Routledge).
·         Marina Gerzic. ““I wish the bastards dead”: Adapting Richard III in Children’s Literature.” Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. Eds. Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. (Under contract with Routledge).
·         Marina Gerzic. “Determined to prove a villain? Appropriating Richard III’s Disability in Recent Graphic Novels and Comics.” Shakespeare and Global Appropriation. Eds. Christy Desmet, Sujata Iyengar, and Miriam Jacobson. (London; New York: Routledge, 2020): 409-19.
·         Marina Ge…

ECR based at UWA. Lover of all things Shakespearean. I work for the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800) as its National Administrative Officer. I also work as the Executive Administrator for the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Inc., as the editorial assistant for the academic journal Parergon, and for the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia in both research and administrative roles.   My current research project examines popular culture depictions of Richard III, and analyses how these works interpret and visually embody Richard and his disability. My research explores and analyses the clash between Early Modern performance texts and youth culture/popular culture, in particular the appropriation of Shakespeare by youth culture/popular culture and the expropriation of youth culture in the manufacture and marketing of Shakespeare. I have taught courses in Shakespeare, film adaptation, and Australian literature. My doctoral work concerned millennial Shakespearean cinematic adaptations, specifically the intersection of Shakespeare and popular culture, as well as the function of music within these films. As well as the analysis of film versions of Shakespeare, I am also interested in how Shakespeare is adapted in new media, such as music, advertising, television, graphic novels and children’s literature. In particular, I am interested at how Australian authors adapt Shakespeare for children via a variety of forms and genres.

MemberLan Dong

…n Graphic Narratives. Ed. Monica Chiu. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2014. 69-86. “Beyond the Borders: Teaching Global Awareness through Graphic Novels.” In Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art. Eds. Carrye Kay Syma and Robert G. Weiner. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2013. 220-32. “Reimagining the Monkey King in Comics: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese.” In The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature. Eds. Julia Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone. Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2011. 231-51.“Mulan: Disney’s Hybrid Heroine.” In Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works. Eds. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 156-67.      Selected Journal Articles “Drawing the Troubled Artist Abroad: Guy Delisle’s Visual Travelogues,” submitted to East Asian Journal of Popu…

Asian American literature, comics and graphic narratives, comparative literature, children’s literature, women’s and gender studies

MemberJan Christopher Susina

Jan Susina is a professor of English at Illinois State University where he specializes in courses on children’s and adolescent literature, Victorian studies, and visual narratives. His bookThe Place of Lewis Carroll in Children’s Literature (Routledge 2009, 2011), examines how the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland significantly changed not only literature for children but book publishing as well. Interviews with Susina about children’s and adolescent literature and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in particular have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Huffington Post, Newsweek, and USA Today. Susina has taught at Illinois State University, Kansas State University, Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and Indiana University-Bloomington.