Emily M. Seitz
Doctoral Student
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Academic Adviser:
Dr. Ross Todd

Emily is in the research phase of her dissertation, which she plans to finish in winter 2013-2014. Her dissertation explores the ways in which literacy and reading practices are gendered phenomena. How and why is literacy gendered and how are these gendered patterns reproduced in the everyday lives of children? Moreover, what is the role of school and public libraries in these processes? A major portion of Emily's doctoral coursework was supported by the Scholastic Corporation Foundation Fellowship for the Study of School Libraries. Emily has worked continuously with the Center for International Scholarship on School Libraries (CISSL: http://cissl.comminfo.rutgers.edu/index.html). A graduate of the SC&I MLIS program, Emily also has several years of experience as a professional librarian, working in reference, children's and youth services in public libraries. She enjoys working with youth and reading both children's and young adult literature. Emily currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan with her family.

PhD Student, Rutgers, 2004-present
MLIS, Rutgers, 2004
BA, The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH), 1998
International study in Ecuador (1997) and Taiwan (2006, 2009-2011)

My main areas of interest are the literacy practices of youth and specifically, how such practices intersect with gender socialization. Secondary interests include: youth information seeking behavior, the impact of libraries on the lives of youth, and literature for children and young adults.

Publications and Presentations

“Gendered Literacy: An Integrated Conceptual Model” (poster presentation) ASIS&T, 24 Jan 2013.

Paper (virtual presentation), "Growth of Children's Book Publishing in Taiwan," Fourth International Conference on the Book, Emerson College, 10/2006 -- paper published in The International Journal of the Book, vol. 4, 2007.

Biographical entry on author Wendy Orr in The Continuum Encyclopedia of Young Adult Literature, Eds. Bernice E. Cullinan, Bonnie Kunzel, and Deborah A. Wooten, New York: Continuum, 2005.