Dr. Sarah K. Cantrell, PhD

Dr. Sarah K. Cantrell, PhD



  • PhD, Comparative Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • M.A., French, Vanderbilt University, 2002
  • B.A., Centre College, 1999

Research Areas

  • World & Comparative Literatures
  • Children's & Young Adult Literature
  • Composition and Rhetoric


Dr. Cantrell has been a member of the teaching faculty at UA since 2013. Prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa, she held positions at Shorter University in Georgia and Emory & Henry College in Virginia. Dr. Cantrell’s scholarship has appeared in Children’s Literature in Education, Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and Label Me Latina/o. She enjoys helping her students become adventurous critical thinkers, readers, and writers. Dr. Cantrell is currently teaching EN 101-102 (First-Year Writing) and EN 205 (Brit Lit I).

Her previous courses at UA include:

EN 101 (10 sections)

EN 103 Authenticity (2 sections)

EN 102 Research & Argument (11 sections)

EN 207 World Literature I The Epic and the Romance (9 sections)

EN 208 World Literature II 1650-Present Power, Privilege, and Empathy (8 sections)

Selected Publications

  • “ ‘Those Who Should Know Better’ ”: Teaching Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Myth of the Latin Woman” at a Predominately White Institution.” Label Me Latina/o (Summer 2018).
  • “The Limits of Heroism: Reading Harry Potter in Post-Truth America.” Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles: The DePaul Pop Culture Conference A Five-Year Retrospective. Ed. Paul Booth and Isabella Menichiello. 2017. 275-277.
  • “Letting Specters In”: Environmental Catastrophe and the Limits of Space in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly2 (2014) 234-51.
  •  “I solemnly swear I am up to no good”: Foucault’s Heterotopias and Deleuze’s Any-Spaces-Whatever in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.” Children’s Literature 39 (2011):195-212.
  • “Harry Potter Goes to France: Exploring Erik L’Homme’s Le Livre des Étoiles (The Book of the Stars).”  The Lion and the Unicorn1 (2011): 47-66.
  • “Other Choices in Other Worlds: Pierre Bottero’s EwilanActa Iassyensia Comparationis. University of Iasi, Romania, Nov. 2010.
  • “Nothing Like Pretend”: Difference, Disorder and Dystopia in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.” Children’s Literature in Education4 (2010): 302-322.