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Washington State University
College of Education

Jane Kelley

Jane Kelley

Associate Professor
Children’s Literature and Literacy Education
Pullman Campus
Cleveland Hall 344
Pullman, WA  99164


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

The nature of Jane E. Kelley’s research and scholarly activities is grounded in critical multicultural analysis and involves the examination of ideology of power in children’s literature and the dissemination of this theory and pedagogy. Kelley’s research is two-fold. First, she applies a critical multicultural analysis to children’s literature in order to bring the ideology of power as it is portrayed in children’s literature. Second, she investigates pedagogical strategies to introduce a critical multicultural analysis to pre-service teachers, service teachers, and graduate students.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Kelley teaches Survey of Children’s Literature, Improving Comprehension Through Literature, Advanced Children’s Literature, and Critical Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. She taught ESL and K-5 for ten years in Missouri, Massachusetts, and Texas, including three years in inner-city Houston.

Selected Publications


Educational background

  • Ed.D. Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts, 2004.
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education, University of Missouri, 1996.
  • B.A. Education and Social & Rehabilitative Services, Assumption College, 1988.