Wanda Brooks, Ed.D.

Wanda Brooks, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Teaching & Learning

Ritter Hall 449 
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: (215) 204-3344

  • Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania in Reading, Writing, Literacy
  • M.A. University of California at Berkeley in Language & Literacy
  • B.S. Hampton University in Elementary-Middle School Education
Areas of Professional Interest
  • African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Middle School Readers & Reader Response
  • Teaching Youth in Urban Schools
  • Literacy Education
Recent Scholarship

Journal Articles:

Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2015). ‘Combing’ through representations of Black girls’ hair in African American children’s literature'. Children’s Literature in Education, 46(3), 296-307.

Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2015). Expanding the canon: Classic African American young adult literature. The ALAN Review. Winter, 15-23.

Leonard, J., Moore, C. & Brooks, W. (2014). Teaching mathematics for social justice using multicultural children’s literature. The Urban Review. 46(3), 325-348.

Brooks, W., & Smith, M.  Literacy Teaching and Learning in a Community Based Arts Program. (2013)  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 57(1), 51-59.

Brooks, W., Kaimal, G., Savage, L., Gongzaga, A. (2012). Inspiring Academically Talented High School Students for a Career in Urban Teaching. The Urban Review, 44(4), 423-440.

McNair, J. & Brooks, W. (2012). African American transitional chapter books. The Reading Teacher, 65(8), 567-577.

Brooks, W. & Browne, S. (2012). Toward a culturally situated reader response model. Children's Literature in Education, 42(1), 74-85.

Brooks, W., Sekayi, D., Savage, L., Waller, E., Picot, I. (2010). Narrative significations of contemporary Black girlhood. Research in the Teaching of English, 45 (1), 7-35.

Leonard, J., Brooks, W., Barnes-Johnson J. & Berry, R. (2010). The nuances and complexities of teaching mathematics for cultural relevance and social justice. Journal of Teacher Education, 61 (3), 261-270.

Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2009). “This story of mine is not unique:” A review of research on African Americans in children’s literature. Review of Educational Research, 79(1), 125-162.

Brooks, W. & Savage, L. (2009). Critiques and Controversies of Street Literature: A Formidable Genre. The ALAN Review, 37(3), 48-55.

Brooks, W. (2009). An author as a counter-storyteller: Applying Critical Race Theory to A Coretta Scott King Award Book. Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly, 40(1), 33-43.

Brooks, W., Brown, S. & Hampton, G. (2008). “There ain’t no accounting for what folks see!” Considering colorism within a Sharon Flake narrative. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(8), 660-669.

Hampton, G. & Brooks, W. (2007). Octavia Butler and Virginia Hamilton: Black women writers navigating the margins of otherness in the genre of science fiction. Children’s Literature Review, 127. {Reprint from the English Journal, 92(6), 70-65}.

Brooks, W. (2006). Reading representations of themselves: Urban youth use culture and African American textual features to develop literary understandings. Reading Research Quarterly, 41(4), 372-393.

Chapters in Books

Brooks, W. (2016). “Having Something of Their Own”: Passing on a Counter-Story about Family Bonds, Racism and Land Ownership. In, Short K. (Eds). Critical Content Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Reframing Perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge.

Brooks, W. & Browne, S. (2012). Towards a culturally situated reader response model. In, Mackey, M. (Ed). Picturebooks and Literary Understanding, in Honor of Lawrence Sipe. (pp. 74-85). New York: Springer.

Brown, S. & Brooks, W. (2008). Historical fiction and “cultural evocations” in a community based literary club. In, Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (Eds.), Embracing, Evaluating and Examining African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature. (pp. 97-110). Lanham: Scarecrow Press.

Brooks, W. (2007). The literary voices of urban readers: Multi-factor influences on textual interpretations. In, Solomon, R. & Sekayi, D. (Eds.), Urban Teacher Education and Teaching: Possibilities and Hope in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. (pp. 195-206). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Brooks, W. & McNair, J. (2008). (Eds.) Embracing, Evaluating and Examining African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Dec. 2015 ‘Black Lives Matter’: Reading a Novel to Corroborate Contemporary Racism.  Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. San Diego, CA.
Dec. 2014 LRA Study Group: CRT as a Theoretical Perspective Underlying Qualitative Research.
Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.
Dec. 2014 Boundaries, Barriers, and Bridges: Multicultural Young Adult Literature in Preservice Teachers' Examinations of Race. Panel discussant at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.4
April 2014 From Picture to Chapter Books: Literary Portrayals, African American Girls and the Textual Subtleties of "Growing Up". Paper presented the American Education Association Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Feb. 2013 Multicultural Children’s Literature as a Context for Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educator’s Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Dec. 2012 Feminist Theory and Content Analysis: Developmental Depictions of Black Girls in Picture, Transitional and Chapter Books. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. San Diego, CA.