- Jaye Johnson Thiel
University of Alabama, Birmingham
JAYE JOHNSON THIEL, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a part-time scholar at the University of Georgia, USA. Deeply committed to issues of social class and equity in childhood studies, her scholarship works against deficit discourses about young people, theorizes place-based practices for community research, and explores the production of embodied literacies in the everyday play and making lives of children. Before receiving her PhD, she was a PK-5 teacher and before that she proudly worked in the service industry, including taking orders for bus parts, sweeping hair, and serving food at a local restaurant. She recently coedited the book Posthumanism and Literacy Education: Knowing/Becoming/Doing Literacies.
- Karen E. Wohlwend
Indiana University, Bloomington
KAREN WOHLWEND, Ph.D., is a professor of literacy, culture, and language education at Indiana University, Bloomington. She studies young children’s play as an embodied literacy that produces action texts made with moving bodies in dramatic play centers, video games, digital animation apps, or live-action filmmaking. Her books include Literacy Playshop: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom and Literacies that Move and Matter: Nexus Analysis for Contemporary Childhoods.