People to Know

Take a look at the list below for an introduction to the many youth services instructors, advisors, and others who are happy to help you pursue your academic and professional goals. Here you’ll find plenty of wonderful people around the iSchool who would be thrilled to discuss their research interests–or your own. Also take a look at the iSchool’s list of doctoral students to learn more about other current research in the field.

Sharon Comstock, Senior Lecturer

Areas of Research: Application of asset-based principles and Community of Inquiry (CoI) theory in mixed-methods outcomes-based design and evaluation in formal and informal learning environments; attendant information behaviors as necessary collective-impact infrastructure, focusing on those that benefit young people and the complex systems in which they navigate and create.

Meg EdwardsAssistant Dean of Student Affairs

Oversees all aspects of academic advising, career services, student life and development for all iSchool students.

Elizabeth HoiemAssistant Professor

Areas of Research: Nineteenth-century British literature, the British novel, history of pedagogy and education, children’s literature and childhood studies, working-class radical press, philosophy of mind, new materialism, material culture and “things” in literature (thing theory), science and literature, automata, industrialization and industrial novels, fantasy and science fiction.

Kyungwon Koh, Associate Professor

Areas of Research: Digital youth, the maker movement, learning and community engagement through libraries, human information behavior, and competencies for information professionals

Karla LuchtAcademic Advisor, Instructor

Advisor to LIS students.
Areas of Research: Multicultural representation and social justice advocacy in library collections and services for youth (or lack thereof) and conflicts of race, ethnicity, and culture in youth literature.

Rachel MageeAssistant Professor

Areas of Research: Teens, youth, everyday life, technology use and non-use, youth services, social computing, values and design.

Kate McDowell, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Oversees all aspects of recruitment, admissions, student development and transition to employment.
Areas of Research: Youth services librarianship; children’s print culture history; public libraries as cultural spaces; apps and iPads for kids; storytelling in higher education, advancement, business, and public services.

Kate Quealy-Gainer, BCCB Assistant Editor

Sara Schwebel, CCB Director, Professor

Areas of Research: Children’s and young adult literature, history of education and literacy, history of childhood, history pedagogy, public history, digital humanities, and historical fiction

Ruth Shasteen, Visiting School Librarian Program Coordinator

Areas of Research: School librarianship, particularly leadership, technology integration, and library information specialist licensure preparation.

Deborah StevensonBCCB Editor

Areas of Research: Children’s literature and contemporary culture; history of children’s literature; genre theory.

Katelyn Talbott, Academic Advisor

Advisor to LIS students.

Carol TilleyAssistant Professor

Areas of Research: History of youth services librarianship, children’s print culture, information inquiry and instruction in school libraries, and media literacy.