Elizabeth Durand

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1401

Biography

E. Sybil Durand is an assistant professor in English education in the Department of English at Arizona State University. Her scholarship is grounded in post-colonial and curriculum theories, which situate literature and education at the intersections of sociocultural, historical, political, and national contexts. Her research focuses on representations of youth of color in young adult literature, including multicultural, international, and postcolonial young adult texts, and how teachers and students engage such narratives. Her current study examines how middle school students engage young adult literature in the context of a Youth Participatory Action Research after-school program.

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (English Education and Curriculum Theory), Louisiana State University.

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Research Interests

English Education

Literature for Young Adults

Youth Participatory Action Research

Intersectionality

Postcolonial Theory

Publications

Bertrand, M., Durand, E. S., & Gonzalez, T. (2017). “We’re trying to take action”: Transformative agency, role re-mediation,

and the complexities of youth participatory action research. Equity & Excellence in Education, 50(2), 142-154.

Durand, E. S. (2015). Understanding diversity in a global context: Preservice teachers’ encounters with post-colonial

young adult literature. The ALAN Review, 42(2), 80-90.

Durand, E. S. (2015). At the intersections of identity: Race and sexuality in LGBTQ young adult literature. In Linville,

D. & Carlson, D. (Eds.), Beyond borders: Queer eros and ethos (ethics) in LGBTQ young adult literature (pp. 73

-84). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Cleveland, E., & Durand, E.S. (2014). Critical representations of sexual assault in young adult literature. The Looking

Glass:  New Perspectives in Children’s Literature, 17(3).

Lewis, M. A., & Durand, E. S. (2014). Sexuality as risk and resistance in young adult literature. In Hill, C. A. (Ed.) 

Coming of age: The critical merits of young adult literature, (pp. 38-54)New York, NY: Routledge.

Durand, E. S. (2013). Forging global perspectives through post-colonial young adult literature. The ALAN Review,

40(2), 21-28.

Research Activity

  • Durand,Elizabeth Sybil*, Bertrand,Melanie Anne. Developing the Civic Participation of Marginalized Youth through a Literature-Infused Youth Participatory Action Research Program (ASUF 30006782). ASU FDN(9/1/2015 - 1/31/2017).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 501 Approaches to Research
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
ENG 606 Adv Studies in English Educ
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 506 Methods Issues Tching Language
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 482 Methods of Teaching: Language
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 501 Approaches to Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 606 Adv Studies in English Educ
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 506 Methods Issues Tching Language
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
ENG 482 Methods of Teaching: Language
ENG 506 Methods Issues Tching Language

Presentations

Durand, E. S. (November 2016). Learning self-advocacy through young adult literature and youth participatory action research (YPAR). In research roundtable session Research in youth literacies and social justice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Atlanta, GA.

Durand, E. S. (April 2016). Immigrant youth, discrepant identities, and young adult literature. In symposium, Postcolonialism, globalization, and education: Engaging identities, cultures, and curriculum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D.C.

Durand, E. S., Bertrand, M., & Gonzalez, T. (April 2016). Developing critical civic praxis with youth through literature-infused youth participatory action research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, D.C.

Durand, E. S., Bertrand, M., & Gonzalez, T. (December 2015).  Re-imagining participation through literacy: Stories from a literature infused youth participatory action research program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), Carlsbad, CA.

Durand, E. S. & Gonzalez, T. (November 2015). Examining literacy practices in a literature-driven youth participatory action research program. In session, Teaching beyond classrooms: Three approaches to community literacy learning. Paper presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Minneapolis, MN.

Durand, E. S. (February 2015). Engaging intersectionality in young adult literature featuring immigrant characters. Paper presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) conference, New Orleans, LA.

Durand, E. S. (October 2014). Discrepant youth identities: Engaging intersectionality in young adult literature. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Dayton, OH.

Lewis, M., & Durand, E. S. (April 2014). Risk or resistance? Troubling representations of sexuality in young adult literature. In session Conversations in childrens literature: Multimodal texts, representations of identity, and culturally responsive teacher education. Paper presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA.

Durand, E. S. (November 2013). Exploring multiple worldviews through postcolonial young adult literature. In session Enacting powerful English teaching in the era of standardization. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Boston, MA.

Editorships

Co-editor, Right to Read Column, The ALAN Review, Vol. 43, issues 1-3, (2015-2016).