Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia is an Assistant Professor of English and Latin American Studies Program at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. She is a former research associate at Centro and graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a PhD in English, specializing in American literature/studies and children’s literature.
She is currently working on a manuscript for her dissertation, “Every Child is Born a Poet”: The Puerto Rican Narrative within American Children’s Culture, which won the Puerto Rican Studies Association Dissertation Award 2012 and the University of Florida’s Dolores Auzenne Dissertation Award. Her scholarly work appears in publications such as Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education and CENTRO Journal. She has also published reviews in International Research in Children's Literature and Latino Studies.
“Pura Belpré Lights the Storyteller’s Candle: Reframing the Legacy of a Legend and what it means for the Field of Children’s Studies and Latino/a Studies” Centro Journal (forthcoming Spring 2014)
“Radical Bilingualism: Language Borders and the Case of Puerto Rican Children’s Literature”Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, (December 2011) Vol. 18, No. 4, 417-423.
Review of Lisa Sánchez-González, The Stories I Read to the Children: The Life and Writing of Pura Belpré. (New York: Centro Press, 2013) for Latino Studies (forthcoming)
Review of Carol J. Singley, Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) for International Research in Children’s Literature (June 2013) Vol. 6, No. 1.