Amanda Greenwell

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 401-34

Phone: 860-832-2757


Office Hours

Mon: 5-6:30p

Tues: 11a-1p

Thur: 10-11:30a

Through Google Meet ( Email for an appointment or alternate meeting mode.


Journal Articles

"Aesthetic Resistance: Racist Visual Tropes and the Oppositional Gaze in Joel Christian Gill’s Tales of the Talented Tenth," African American Review, vol. 53, no. 3, Fall 2020, pp. 181-200.

“What is College Readiness?” Journal of College Literacy and Learning, vol. 46, 2020, pp. 21-44. Second author, with Patrick Sullivan and Jessyka Scoppetta, Katelyn Baez, Melina Dezhbod, Kelsey Dias, Eric Dunn, Yanira Hernandez, and Amaris Vázquez Vargas.

“The Narrative Dynamics of a Counter-Surveillant Child Gaze in Langston Hughes’s “Red-Headed Baby.” Studies in the American Short Story, vol. 1, no. 1, 2020, pp. 86-94.

“Reading in the Writing Center: Tutor Education and Praxis.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 17, no. 2, 2020, pp. 7-19. First author, with Gissel Campos, Sarah Gerrish, Mary Joerg, and Renee Lavoie.

“Remodeling Home in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.” The Lion and the Unicorn, volume 42, number 1, January 2018, pp. 20-36.

“Jessie Willcox Smith’s Critique of Teleological Girlhood in The Seven Ages of Childhood: ‘Sans Everything.’” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, vol. 9, no. 1, 2017, pp. 102-128.

“Jesse Jackson’s Call Me Charley: Protesting Segregated Recreation in Cold War America.” Children’s Literature, vol. 45, 2017, pp. 92-113.

“Rhetorical Reading Guides, Readerly Experiences, and WID in the Writing Center.” Reading in the Writing Center, special issue of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, vol. 41, no. 7-8, March/April 2017, pp. 9-16.

"‘The Language of Pictures’: Modes of Visual Representation and Spectatorship in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.” The Young Adult Novel, special issue of "Studies in the Novel," vol. 42, no. 1/2, 2010, pp. 99-120.

"Flouting the Angelic Ideal: Alice and Irene as Agents of Change.” The Carrollian, vol. 25, 2010, pp. 3-28.

“From Hades to Heaven: Greek Mythological Influences in C. S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair.” Mythlore, vol. 24, no. 3/4, 2006, pp. 71-93. [Published under surname Niedbala.]

Book Chapters

“Doing Justice to the Graphic Novel.” Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives, edited by Matthew Miller, McFarland, 2015, pp. 217-230.

“The Problem with Mrs. Coulter: Vetting the Female Villain-Hero in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.” A Quest of Her Own: The Female Hero in Modern Fantasy, edited by Lori Campbell, McFarland, 2014, pp. 225-247.

Other Publications

Co-curator, The Convention Legacy of the New York African Free Schools, an exhibit at Author credit on the following pages: “1853 Convention: Case Study,” “Education at the Conventions” (includes interactive timeline, with Alyssa Amaral), “Lancasterian System at the NYAFS,” “Margaret Odle” (with Daniel J. Pfeiffer). Forthcoming.

“Prompts for Close-Reading Graphic Narratives.” Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives, edited by Matthew Miller, McFarland, 2015, pp. 260-261.

“Thinking Critically about Technology in the Classroom: Assignment Design for Pre-Service Teachers.” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 7 March 2013.


Review of Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, by Michael Levy and Farah Mendlesohn. The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 41, no. 3, 2017, pp. 404-406.

Review of “Unsuitable” Books: Young Adult Fiction and Censorship, by Caren J. Town and Literary Conceptualizations of Growth: Metaphors and Cognition in Adolescent Literature, by Roberta Seelinger Trites. Children’s Literature, vol. 43, 2015, pp. 317-324.

Review of Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature, by Sara K. Day. Children’s Literature, vol. 42, 2014, pp. 335-340.