Kenneth Kidd


Kenneth Kidd earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He works primarily in children’s literature studies but his research interests span nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, psychoanalysis, theory, cultural studies, and archive studies. He is the author of two books: Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale (University of Minnesota, 2004), and Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). He is co-editor of three books: with Sidney I. Dobrin, Wild Things: Children’s Culture and Ecocriticism (Wayne State University Press, 2004); with Michelle Ann Abate, Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2011); and with Joseph T. Thomas, Jr., Prizing Children’s Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Book Awards (Routledge, 2017). He is part of the Baldwin Editorial Collective, now working on a book (under contract) showcasing the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at UF. In development is a fourth essay collection, co-edited with Derritt Mason, on summer camp as a queer time and/or place.

Kidd’s essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as American Imago, American Literature, American Literary History, Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, The Lion and the Unicorn, and PMLA. He served for ten years as Associate Editor of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly and sits on a number of editorial advisory boards. He has served as a project evaluator for the Research Foundation in Flanders, the Doctoral Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, the SSHRC, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Junior Research Fellowship Program at Cambridge University, UK. He has given invited talks internationally and served as an external PhD reader for universities outside the U.S. In 2016-2017 he serves as President of the Children’s Literature Association.

Professor Kidd teaches undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, as well as graduate seminars such as “Into the Archive,” “Theory’s Child,” “Childhood Studies,” and “Disney and Its Discontents.” He is an Affiliate Professor with the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and also serves as Associate Director of UF’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature & Culture.


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