Bios

Allison Giffen is a professor in the English department at Western Washington University where she teaches classes in nineteenth-century US literature with an emphasis on women writers, childhood studies, disability studies, and popular literature. Her current research explores the intersections of race, disability, and childhood in late nineteenth-century periodicals. She recently co-edited Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Routledge). Her work has appeared in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Women’s Studies, and American Transcendental Quarterly. She also has essays in Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: National and Transatlantic Contexts (Routledge) and The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority and Identity in the Academy (SUNY).

Lucia Hodgson specializes in nineteenth-century US literature with an emphasis in childhood studies, gender studies, and slavery studies. Her recently completed monograph, Age of Consent: Slavery, Seduction, and American Girlhood, interrogates seduction narratives through social contract theory, abolitionist discourse, and sex laws. Age of Consent is under advance contract with SUNY Press. Her current research project Age of Dissent: Slavery, Criminality and American Boyhood extends this work in social contract theory into investigations of slave narratives and theories of criminal culpability. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Studies in American Fiction, Early American Literature, and the edited collection The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the New Humanities (U of Georgia Press). Prior to her career in academia she worked in public policy at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children, and the Los Angeles Roundtable for Children housed in the Sociology Department at the University of Southern California, during which time she wrote Raised in Captivity: Why Does America Fail Its Children? (Graywolf Press). She has taught at the University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, California State University, Northridge, and most recently as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, where she founded and convened a Critical Childhood Studies working group funded by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research.