Katharine Capshaw

Professor, English

Primary Research Theme

People and the City

Secondary Research Themes

Economic and Community Development

Recent Cities-related Projects

  • Black Arts Movement Children’s Drama: A study of Black drama for the young created in urban settings in the 1970s, often to respond to crises around racism, poverty, and drug use.

Selected Urban-Related Publications

“Progressive Communities, Children’s Literature, and Free to Be . . . You and Me.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 43: 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2015): 286-91.

Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2014. Winner of the Children’s Literature Association’s 2016 award for best scholarly book. Winner of the 2015 Honour Book Award from the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.

Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004. Winner of the Children’s Literature Association’s 2006 award for best scholarly book; winner of the Choice Award.

Ed., with Anna Mae Duane, Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature Before 1900. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2017.