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. "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).

  • Amy Cummins. "'You have to outlast them': Bullying in Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War and Beyond the Chocolate War," Robert Cormier, New Casebook Series. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 80-95.

  • Amy Cummins. "Beyond a Good/Bad Binary: The Representation of Teachers in Contemporary YAL," ALAN Review 39, no. 1 (2011): 37-45.



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. "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. "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 3337 90L - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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ENGL 3337 01 - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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ENGL 3337 02 - Childrens/Adol Lit:
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ENGL 7301 09 - Thesis:
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