I am an Assistant Professor of English & English Education at Truman State University where I teach courses in the Masters of Education program in English education, and English courses in Young Adult Literature, folklore, and queer theory. I also facilitate our Safe Zone trainings with the help of student interns.

My work centers on social justice education, with a particular focus on positive representations of intersectional queer communities.

My research and teaching interests include English education; social justice education; critical literacies; new literacies; queer theory and pedagogy; Young Adult literature; critical theory; and qualitative methods.

Pronouns: she/her


Twitter: @summerpennell


Spring 2021 office hours: virtually by appointment. Best times are 1:00 pm – 4: 00 pm, M-F. Email to schedule.