Shaun Baker

Shaun Baker

Instructor

Office

353 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

(540) 231-8458

Email

Department Membership

English

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Expertise

  • Comics / Superhero Fiction
  • Picture Books / Visual Literacy
  • Children’s and Adolescent Literature
  • Childhood Development and Literature
  • Composition/Rhetoric Pedagogy and Practice

Professional Activities

  • Graduate Teaching Mentor
  • Children’s Literature Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Education

  • M.A., Kansas State University
  • B.A., Virginia Tech 

Research Interests

     

    Selected Publications

    Articles

    “Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. St. James Press, 2013. 

    Papers

    “From Nixon to 9/11: Captain America and the Disenfranchisement of the American People.” International Children’s Literature Association Conference. Columbus, OH. Summer 2016.

    ”Finding the ‘Uncanny’ in The X-Men: Lee, Kirby, and Freud.” The Power of Three: Children’s Literature in English, Education and Library Science. Manhattan, KS. Spring 2012.

    “Scott Pilgrim’s Progress: Multiple Literacies and Generation X in Scott Pilgrim.” International Children’s Literature Association Conference. Roanoke, VA. Summer 2011.

    Additional Information

    Currently, I’m working on a book project that would examine the progression of the publication of Marvel comics and their narrative ties to 20th Century American History, allowing super hero fans to better understand history and history buffs to better understand a genre that’s usually thought of as “kids’ stuff.”