Research & Publications


Dissertation is a case study of science fiction for readers under 12 years old, an area lacking in serious scholarship. Despite scholarly dismissal of young children’s science fiction, there is a quality body of work worth examining. The results of this study use a variety of mixed methods data sources to define and describe science fiction books that can not only positively develop children’s perceptions of the genre and of science as a field, but are also girl-friendly and diverse. This study uses interdisciplinary methods to challenge the common negative scholarly discourse and enable better awareness and use of high quality children’s science fiction across disciplines. Supervised by Marek Oziewicz.

Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters

Midkiff, Emily and Bonnie Laabs. “Inspired Inquiry: Crafting K-5 STEM Lessons with Science Fiction.” K-12 STEM Education 4.1, 2018: 289-296.

Midkiff, Emily “Growing Out of It: The Hobbit Films and Young People.” Participations 13.2, 2016: 1-14.

Midkiff, Emily. “The Impossible Child Scholar: On Crafting a Digital Exhibit with the Kerlan’s Melissa Sweet Collection.” Children and Libraries 14.3, 2016: 28-32.

Oziewicz, Marek and Emily Midkiff. “ ‘The Handling of Power’: An Interview with Nancy Farmer.” The Lion and the Unicorn 40.1, 2016: 100-113.

Midkiff, Emily. “Dragons are Tricksy”: The Uncanny Dragons of Children’s Literature.” Fafnir- Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 1.2, 2014: 41-54.

Midkiff, Emily. “Burning Bridges: How Dragons Challenge the Justifications of Humanity.” Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern volume IV. Ed. by Marek Oziewicz and D. Hade, 2014: 23-38.

Oziewicz, Marek and Emily Midkiff. “The ‘Asian Invasion’: An Interview with Gene Luen Yang.” With Marek Oziewicz. The Lion and the Unicorn 38.1, 2014: 123-132.

Dos Reis, Orlando and Emily Midkiff. “Dragons in Hereville: Comics as a Vehicle for Fairy Tales.” With Orlando Dos Reis. New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories. Ed. by John Patrick Pazdziora and Defne Cizakca. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2013: 359-370.

Archival Research Exhibit

Midkiff, Emily. Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Picturebook. 5 May 2015. Digital exhibit.


Midkiff, Emily. “First Opinion: Reach for the Moon.” First Opinions, Second Reactions 8.2, 2015: 26-28. (invited)

Midkiff, Emily. “The Fantasy Film by Katherine A. Fowkes (Review).” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 24.2, 2014.