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Laretta Henderson, PhD

Laretta Henderson, PhD

Associate Dean

611310 School of Information Studies
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Laretta Henderson Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Iowa

M.A., University of Iowa

M.A., Governors State University

B.A., Illinois State University


Dr. Henderson’s teaching and research areas include multicultural children’s and young adult literature and community literacy.  She holds a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Iowa and two Master’s degrees – one in Sociology from Governor’s State University and one in African American World Studies from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Ebony Jr!: The Rise, Demise and Return of an African American Children’s Magazine, as well as articles seen in publications like Wisconsin English Journal and Children’s Literature in Education.

Courses Taught

648 Library Materials for Children
658 Library Materials for Young Adults
691 Multicultural Children's Literature

Sample Publications

Henderson, L. (2008). Ebony Jr!: The rise, demise and return of a black children’s magazine. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Henderson, L. (2008). Ebony Jr! and ‘Soul Food’: The construction of an ethnic identity through the use of food. Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States. 32(4), 81-97.

Henderson, L. (2009). Changes in perception: teaching cultural pluralism to pre-service teachers at a predominately white college. Wisconsin English Journal 50 (2): 7-27