Dr. Michele Castleman received her PhD from The Ohio State University in Teaching and Learning, focusing on young adult and children's literature. She also obtained a specialization in folklore to complete her dissertation on the use of myth in contemporary children’s literature. She also has an MFA in writing for children from Chatham University. She comes to Heidelberg from Southeastern Louisiana University as a visiting professor and serving as the English Education Coordinator there. She is a member of National Council of the Teachers of English, Popular Culture Association, American Library Association and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
"My passion is young adult and children's literature. I love discussing books with my students. My dissertation was focused on examining the way ancient myths were presented and used in middle grade and young adult books set in the present day; like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Now I am researching violence in young adult literature."
- Research interest in young adult novels and the significance of scenes in which protagonists are placed in the position to kill other characters
- Article on above subject published in the Spring 2013 issue of ALAN Review