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Allison Estrada-Carpenter

Ph.D. Program
  • LAAH 548
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M.A., Texas State University, 2015
B.A., Texas State University, 2013


Allison Estrada-Carpenter is a PhD candidate specializing in American literature and popular culture. Her work focuses on class, adolescence, and educational representations in contemporary American culture. Her dissertation analyzes representations of working-class adolescents in school from the 1960s to today. She looks at a variety of texts including television series, young adult literature, memoir, and popular fiction. Her work centers on two distinct yet interlocking concerns: a desire to expand working-class studies by focusing on adolescence as a primary period for the negotiation of class identity; and a desire to foreground textual representations of school and educational institutions as essential to understanding class dynamics in American culture more broadly.

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century Studies
  • American Literature and Culture
  • Children’s Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Popular Culture


  • Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Editorial Assistant 2017-2018