UA Professor Receives Fellowship in Children’s Literature

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, associate and Foster- EBSCO Endowed Professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, has received the first Arne Nixon Center Research Fellowship in Children’s Literature from California State University, Fresno, for his research project “More Rainbow Families in Children’s Literature.”

Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo
Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo

His project examines how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) characters and LGBTQ families (Rainbow Families) are represented in children’s picture books around the world.

“The Arne Nixon Center is an amazing asset for children’s literature researchers and scholars,” Naidoo said. “Their collection will be a wonderful resource as I continue my critical examination of LGBTQ children’s literature publishing around the world. ”

At more than 60,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, original art, and papers of authors and illustrators, the Arne Nixon Center is one of the fastest-growing and most diverse research collections of children’s literature in the United States. For more information about the Arne Nixon Center, click here.

The School of Library and Information Studies is a part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.


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