My SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2018) research extended literacy practices to include the reading and writing of speculative fiction with youth.
I generated a comprehensive annotated bibliography and literature review of speculative fiction for use in secondary schools. While many speculative fiction authors envision new worlds and technologies, as a major component of my study I crucially focused on Indigenous, Chicanx, and Afro-futurist speculative writings, as well as feminist and queer speculative writings that have been historically marginalized in the secondary school English curriculum.
My ongoing research at University of Melbourne includes conducting an empirical in-school research project focusing on how youth read and write speculative fictions in order to enact, represent, and ask questions about issues related to race, gender, technology, and settler-colonialism.
This project is now combined with my research at the University of Melbourne’s Literary Education Lab.