Karen Sands-O'Connor received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and specializes in children's literature, twentieth-century British literature, literature about and from the Caribbean, and literary criticism. She has published articles in journals such as Children's Literature Association Quarterly, American Transcendental Quarterly, and the Lion and the Unicorn, as well as in multiple edited collections. Her collection, Internationalism in Children's Series, of which she is co-editor, appeared in February 2014 from Palgrave-Macmillan. Her other books include Soon Come Home to this Island: West Indians in Children's Literature (Routledge, 2007), and Back in the Spaceship Again: Juvenile Science Fiction Series Since 1945, co-authored with Marietta Frank (Greenwood, 1999). She was a 2015-16 Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in the UK. In 2017, Palgrave Macmillan published her monograph, Children's Publishing and Black Britain 1965-2015. Sands-O'Connor is the 2018 winner of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities
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