Robert Bittner

Robert Bittner is a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. He has a Bachelor's degree in English from SFU and a Master's in Children's Literature with a focus on queer sexualities, religion, and literature for young people from the University of British Columbia. Robert has several publications under his belt, including an article on trans youth in literature published with The ALAN Review (2010), a published annotated bibliography on sexuality and censorship in picture books in YAACING (a publication of the BC Library Association, 2011), and an article on sex education published in the Journal of LGBT Youth (2012.)  He has spoken on topics of genderqueer imagery in Children's and YA books at the Children's Literature Association (Boston, 2012), the Modern Language Association (Seattle, 2012), the Queer U Conference at UBC (2012), and the SouthWest Texas PCA/ACA Conference (Albuquerque, 2010).  He was a guest speaker on issues of censorship and sexuality at the BC Library Association conference in 2012 and has been invited to speak on issues of queer sexuality at the Burnaby Public Library. Robert has also been a juror for the BC Book Prizes and is a current member of the Newbery Medal Committee and a past member of the Stonewall Book Awards Committee of the American Library Association.  He hopes to pursue further studies on trans and two-spirited youth during his PhD program, hopefully culminating in a dissertation on related topics of trans sexuality and youth cultures.

Email:  rob1@sfu.ca

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