Thomas Crisp, Ph.D.
College of Education
Office: USFSM B322
Thomas Crisp is an Assistant Professor of Reading in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida -- Sarasota/Manatee. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from the College of Education at Michigan State University where he worked in children's and adolescent literature and literacy instruction.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.S. Western Michigan University
Dr. Crisp's research is primarily focused on
children's and adolescent literature, reading, and literacy
instruction and centers on the intersection between theory and
practice. His scholarship reflects a transdisciplinary approach
to the study of reading: including balanced approaches to
comprehensive literacy instruction, literary analysis, critical
examination of texts, pedagogical and curricular uses of books,
and the cultural construction of literature, childhood, and
child culture across time.
Selected Publications and Research
Crisp, T. (2010). Interview. Setting the record "straight": An interview with Jane Severance. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 35 (1), 87-96.
Crisp, T., & Knezek, S. (2010). "I just donít see myself here": Challenging conversations about LGBTQ adolescent literature. English Journal, 99 (3), 76-79.
Crisp, T. (2009). From romance to magical realism: Limits and possibilities in gay adolescent fiction. Children's Literature in Education, 40 (4), 333-348.
Crisp, T. (2008). The trouble with Rainbow boys. Children's Literature in Education, 39(4), 237-261.
Dr. Crisp teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature, media, and culture; literacy studies; and literary theory at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level.