- Marguerite Henry Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature
- Department of Curriculum and Instruction
- College of Education and Human Development
Marek studies the transformative power of literature for the young reader. His projects explore stories as a technology that recalibrates human minds, nurtures empathy, and understanding across cultures. Marek’s current research includes three strands: the power of children’s literature to help us cope with climate change; the importance of global and multicultural literature as sites where we learn to appreciate difference; and the cultural work of speculative fiction—especially fantasy—in helping us envision a better world for everyone, including animals and the biosphere. All of Marek’s work is about how literature empowers young people to reach their full potential so that they can respond to the challenges of the contemporary world in a holistic and ethical way.
Articles by Marek Oziewicz, Ph.D.
Many cultures experience painful stories that touch the lives of thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of people. My research seeks to find out how the memories of past […]
We have a long tradition of stories that feature talking animals. These stories have existed for millennia and are found in all cultures. As someone whose work revolves around the […]
December is Read a New Book Month. This national observance is a perfect time to share my passion for how stories impact children and young adults. Literature offers many rewards […]