MACL alumna (2005); Ph.D, Newcastle University; researcher in South Asian children’s literature; Instructor, Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley, former Professor, Okanagan College, Departments of Communications and English; Former Faculty, University of the Fraser Valley and York University; juror, TD Canadian Children’s Book Award; book reviewer; author of children’s books and academic monographs; former research fellow at Munich’s International Youth Library, Munich; former executive member, International Board on Books for Young People — Canada
Completing the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at UBC was a life-changing experience both professionally and personally. On a personal level, the program provided the most intellectually stimulating and educationally rewarding learning experience of my life. On a professional level, the program led to incredible growth: teaching children’s literature at the University of the Fraser Valley; teaching in the Children’s Studies Program at York University; completing my PhD in children’s literature at Newcastle University under the supervision of Kimberley Reynolds; publishing my dissertation as a book in the Routledge Children’s Literature and Culture Series edited by Jack Zipes (Superle 2011, Contemporary, English-language Indian Children’s Literature: Representations of Nation, Culture, and the New Indian Girl); and publishing my children’s novel, Black Dog, Dream Dog (Superle 2010, Tradewind). The MACL program provided the foundation to all of this further work and growth. As the only program of its kind in Canada, the MACL at UBC is a precious scholarly rarity.