Mollie Blackburn

Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology

Mollie Blackburn is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on literacy, language, and social change, with particular attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the teachers who serve them. She has published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, and Teachers College Record, among others. She is the author of Interrupting Hate: Homophobia in Schools and what Literacy can do about it and the co-editor of Acting Out!: Combating Homophobia through Teacher Activism.

She has received WILLA’s (Women in Life and Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English) Inglis Award for her work in the areas of gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and young people; the Queer Studies special interest group of the American Educational Research Association’s award for a body of work; and the Alan C. Purves Award for an article in the Research in the Teaching of English deemed rich with implications for classroom practice. 

Selected Recent Publications

Clark, C. T. & Blackburn, M.V. (in press). Scenes of violence and sex in recent award-winning LGBT-themed young adult novels and the ideologies they offer their readers. In C.T. Clark, W. Martino & M.V. Blackburn (Eds.), Queer and trans perspectives on teaching LGBT-themed texts in schools [Special issue]. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , 37 (6).

Blackburn, M. V., Clark, C. T., & Nemeth, E. (in press). Examining queer elements and ideologies in LGBT-themed literature: What queer literature can offer young adult readers. Journal of Literacy Research, 46(14).

Blackburn, M. V. & Clark, C. T. (2014). How moments (and spaces) add up to lives: Queer and ally youth talking together about LGBTQ-themed books. In C. Compton-Lilly & E. Halverson (Eds.), Time and space in literacy research (pp. 93-106). New York: Routledge.

Blackburn, M. V. & McCready, L. T. (2014). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people and issues in urban education. In K. Lomotey & R. Milner (Eds.), Handbook on urban education (pp. 129-145). New York: Routledge.

Blackburn, M. V. (2013). Conducting humanizing research with LGBTQ youth through dialogic communication, consciousness-raising, and action. In D. Paris & M. Winn (Eds.), Humanizing research: Decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities (pp. 43-57). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.

McCready, L.T; Blackburn, M.V.; & Taylor, N. (2013). LGBT and the extant school curriculum: Issues, approaches, and resources. In S. Totten & J. Pedersen (Eds.), Educating about social issues in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: An annotated bibliography, volume 2 (pp. 189-212). Information Age Publishing.

Blackburn, M. V. (2013). From LGBT-inclusive to queering notions of gender through film. In P.C. Gorski & K. Zenkov (Eds.) Cultivating social justice teachers: How teacher educators have helped students overcome cognitive bottlenecks and learn critical social justice concepts (pp. 49-67). Herndon, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

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