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Sarah Park Dahlen 박사라, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., B.A.

Associate Professor

School of Information Sciences

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

http:// sarahpark . com

Employment

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences

  • Associate Professor, 2021-present

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Faculty Affiliations

  • Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies, 2021-present
  • Department of Asian American Studies, 2022-present

St. Catherine University, MLIS Program

  • Associate Professor, 2017-2021
  • Assistant  Professor, 2009-2017

Education

Ph.D. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Dissertation “Representations of Transracial Korean Adoption in Children’s Literature”

Dr. Christine Jenkins, Dr. Betsy Hearne, Dr. Moon-Kie Jung, Dr. Eleana Kim

M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2009

M.A. Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

Thesis “Korean American Children’s Picture Books: Critical Analysis and Annotated Bibliography”

Dr. Clara M. Chu, Dr. Don Nakanishi, Dr. Virginia A. Walter

B.A. History and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002

Recent Publications

Dahlen, Sarah Park and Sonia Alejandra Rodríguez. 2017-present. (eds.) Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library.

Dahlen, Sarah Park and Paul Lai. (under contract and in progress). Asian Americans in Story: Context, Collections, and Community Engagement with Children’s and Young Adult Literature. ALA Editions.

Dahlen, Sarah Park and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (eds.) 2022. Harry Potter and the Other: Race, Justice, and Difference in the Wizarding World. University Press of Mississippi.

Dahlen, Sarah Park and Kallie Schell. 2022. “Cho Chang is Trending”: What it Means to be Asian in the Wizarding World?” in Harry Potter and the Other: Race, Justice, and Difference in the Wizarding World, edited by Sarah Park Dahlen and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. University Press of Mississippi.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. 2021. “Authenticity.” In Keywords for Children’s Literature 2nd edition, edited by Philip Nel, Lissa Paul, and Nina Christensen. New York University Press.

Gibson, Amelia. N., Renate L. Chancellor, Nicole A. Cooke, Sarah Park Dahlen, Beth Patin, and Yasmeen Shorish. 2020. “Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, Protest, and the LIS Response.” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 39.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. 2020. “‘We Need Diverse Books’: Diversity, Activism, and Children’s Literature.” In Literary Cultures and Twenty-First Century Childhoods, edited by Nathalie op de Beeck. Palgrave. 

Dahlen, Sarah Park. 2019 February 25. “Asian American Children’s Literature.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, edited by Josephine Lee (general editor), Floyd Cheung, Jennifer Ho, Anita Mannur, and Cathy Schlund-Vials. Oxford University Press.

Recent Presentations

Breslin, Amy K.; Sarah Park Dahlen; Kristen Kwisnek; & Becky Leathersich. “More than a Checkbox: APALA’s Evaluation Rubric for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Youth Literature.” ALSC National Institute, Kansas City, MO. September 29-October 1, 2022. 

Dahlen, Sarah Park. “A Tale of Two Travelers: How Frank G. Carpenter and Frances Carpenter Introduced Korea to White Americans in the Decades Before the Forgotten War.” Children’s Literature Association annual conference: City in a Forest. Atlanta, GA. June 2-4, 2022. 

Kwon, Yaejoon, Sarah Park Dahlen, Vincent Pham, and Dana Nakano. “Building Momentum in a Shutdown: Asian American Studies in Practice.” Association for Asian American Studies annual conference: Ruin and Renewal. Denver, CO. April 15, 2022.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. “Turning Point? The Past and Future Trajectory of Korean Adoption in American Youth Literature.” Modernity, Memory, and Asian Childhood International Conference. Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association (TCLRA) and the Institute of Art Studies, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. November 20, 2021. (international)

Dahlen, Sarah Park, Sayantani DasGupta, Debbi Michiko Florence, Betina Hsieh, Jung Kim, Noreen Naseem Rodríguez, Trung Le Nguyen, Andrea Wang, Paula Yoo. “Amplifying Asian American Youth Literature.” National Council of Teachers of English annual conference: Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racist Teaching. November 18-21, 2021.

Dahlen, Sarah Park, Patricia Enciso, Jason Low, Detra Price-Dennis, Caitlin Ryan, Nithya Sivashankar, and Stephanie Toliver.“Expanding the Argument for Anti-Racist Literature: A Continuing Conversation.” National Council of Teachers of English annual conference: Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racist Teaching. November 18-21, 2021.

Dahlen, Sarah Park (participant in program organized by Betina Hsieh). “Showing Up for Each Other: Black-Asian Solidarity for Equity and Justice.” National Council of Teachers of English annual conference: Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racist Teaching. November 18-21, 2021.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. “The Pedagogy and Aesthetics of Mid-Century Youth Literature Depicting Korea.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature biennial congress: Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements. Santiago, Chile. October 19-29, 2021. (international)

Dahlen, Sarah Park. “Turning Point? The Past and Future Trajectory of Korean Adoption in American Youth Literature.” Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture biennial conference. October 22-23, 2021.

Colón-Aguirre, Mónica, Nicole A. Cooke, Sarah Park Dahlen, and Beth Patin. “Still Struggling to Breathe: Another Conversation about Libraries and Communities in Distress.” (Equity and Social Justice SIG panel). Association for Library and Information Science Education annual conference. September 2021.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. “A Failure of Imagination: Rendering Korean Birth Mothers in Children’s Fiction.” Children’s Literature Association annual conference: The Arcade. June 10-12, 2021. 
Dahlen, Sarah Park. “(Re)Presenting Korea: The Carpenters, the White American Imaginary, and Asian American Youth Literature.” Association for Asian American Studies annual conference: Unsettling Transpacific Ecologies. April 2021.

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