Amy   Cummins

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABS 264
Email: amy.cummins@utrgv.edu

Dr. Amy Cummins

Dr. Amy Cummins works as Associate Professor in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.





Selected Publications


  • Amy Cummins and Myra Infante-Sheridan. "Establishing a Chicana Feminist Bildungsroman for Young Adults," New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship 24, no. 1 (March 2018): 18-39.

  • Amy Cummins. "Representation of the American Civil War in Contemporary Historical Fiction for Young Adults: Why We Read about the Civil War," Critical Insights: Historical Fiction. Salem Press, February 2018: 166-180.

  • Amy Cummins. "Refugees and Immigrants in Children’s Fiction: New Books to Build Understanding Across Borders," English in Texas (Journal of TCTELA) 46, no. 2 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016): 24-29.

  • Amy Cummins. "Academic Agency in YA Novels by Mexican American Women Authors," Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Rereadings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. New York, NY: Routledge, August 2016: 42-58.

  • Amy Cummins. "Gary Paulsen," Novelists of the American Civil War. Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB). Gale/Bruccoli Clark Layman, 378, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016: 230-240.

  • Amy Cummins. "Race and Social Change in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines Series," Journal of Dracula Studies 17, (2015): 60-83.

  • Amy Cummins and Tiffany Cano. "Magical Realist Moments in Malín Alegría’s Border Town Series," Bookbird, a Journal of International Children's Literature 52, no. 3 (2014): 42-52.

  • Amy Cummins. "Adaptations of Hurston's Writings for Children and Hurston in Historical Novels for Young Readers," Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013: 284-306.

  • Amy Cummins and Polet Garza. "Adolescent Self-Harm Behavior and Choke by Diana López," The New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship 19, no. 2 (September 2013): 79-94.

  • Amy Cummins. "Border Crossings: Undocumented Migration between Mexico and the United States in Contemporary Young Adult Literature," Children's Literature in Education 44, no. 1 (March 2013).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. Smithsonian Institute Community Grant, MetLife Foundation “Mural to Honor Braceros and Farmworkers of the Rio Grande Valley" , Smithsonian Institute , MetLife Foundation , $5,000.00 (2012-08-01)



Selected Presentations


  • Amy Cummins. "Literacy in Pieces: Innovative Writing Assignments in College Courses on Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature (Panel)," International Literacy Association , Austin, TX (July 2018)

  • Amy Cummins and Diana Dominguez. "Representation Matters: The Importance of Youth Literature," NEXUS Symposium, UTRGV College of Liberal Arts, Brownsville, TX (April 2018)

  • Amy Cummins. "Reading New Books by Texas Authors for Young Adults," "Just Read" ESC Region One Conference for ELAR Teachers, Region One Education Service Center, Brownsville (April 2018)

  • Amy Cummins. "Rethinking English Teacher Preparation: Innovation in the Borderlands," National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, St. Louis, Missouri (November 2017)

  • David Bowles and Amy Cummins. "”Preparing Culturally Responsive English Teachers in and beyond Hispanic-Serving Institutions.” ," 2017 Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), St. Louis, Missouri (November 2017)

  • David Bowles and Amy Cummins. "Teaching Writers for Young Readers from the Rio Grande Valley," The National Latino Children’s Literature Conference, UTSA, San Antonio, TX (March 2017)

Current Courses

ENGL 3300 01 - Intro to English Studies:
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ENGL 3337 03I - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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ENGL 3337 90L - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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ENGL 3337 04I - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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ENGL 3337 01 - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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