The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, a unit in the Special Collections division in the Madden Library at Fresno State, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of their two research fellowship awards. Dr. Patricia Kennon from the University of Maynooth, Ireland and doctorate student Ms. Eun Young Yeom from Georgia University have been chosen to perform original research in the Center’s archives this spring.

Dr. Kennon’s Reception and Presentation 
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Library Room 2206
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • RSVP here
  • Parking is enforced. For campus map, click here.

Dr. Kennon’s research proposal, “Asexuality, Difference and Heteronormativity in Youth Literature” is a groundbreaking study of the little recognized and often neglected identity of asexuality.  Her research will significantly contribute to critical conversations around inclusion, power, gender expressions and identity politics. It will particularly focus on the extent to which asexuality is recognized and present in English-language youth literature and how it is represented and mediated within those texts. It will also examine the potential of youth literature for inclusively engaging with asexuality and challenging heteronormativity.

Dr. Kennon will give a lunch-time presentation on her research on April 25, 2019 at 12:00 noon in the Fresno State Madden Library Room 2206. The first 50 people to RSVP will receive a free lunch.

Ms. Eun Young Yeom’s research uses critical content analysis to shed light on the shadowed or silenced aspects of Korean immigrant families as portrayed in multicultural picture books. Her work looks at which types of experiences and characters are privileged over other experiences, in concert with societal norms and trends. Ms. Eun Young Yeom will be performing research in the library from May 19 – 25.

Two research fellowships of up to $2,000 are awarded annually to scholars residing outside the Fresno area.  The fellowships have been created to encourage innovative and robust inquiry into the varied aspects of children’s literature and are chosen by committee based significance to the study of children’s literature, likelihood of publication or other dissemination of the work, and relevance of the project to the Center’s holdings. The fellowships are funded through a generous gift from an anonymous donor.   

For more information, please contact the Center’s curator Jennifer Crow at or call 559.278.8116.