Dr. Meghan Gilbert-Hickey has recently been published as a contributor and co-editor of the book Race In Young Adult Speculative Fiction by University Press of Mississippi. Along with Miranda A. Green-Barteet, Dr. Hickey present an anthology of essays that examine the unfolding genre of speculative fiction and of systemic racism and discrimination that have been embedded yet overlooked within these narratives. This anthology features the contributions of Malin Alkestrand, Joshua Yu Burnett, Sean P. Connors, Jill Coste, Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda A. Green-Barteet, Sierra Hale, Kathryn Strong Hansen, Elizabeth Ho, Esther L. Jones, Sarah Olutola, Alex Polish, Zara Rix, Susan Tan, and Roberta Seelinger Trites.
Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction “offers a sustained analysis of race and representation in young adult speculative fiction (YASF). The collection considers how characters of color are represented in YASF, how they contribute to and participate in speculative worlds, how race affects or influences the structures of speculative worlds, and how race and racial ideologies are implicated in YASF. This collection also examines how race and racism are discussed in YASF or if, indeed, race and racism are discussed at all.”
Guttman Assistant Professor of English Dr. Meghan Gilbert-Hickey holds a Ph.D. in English from St. John’s University, Master’s degrees in English and Rhetoric/Communications from Texas A&M University and the State University of New York at Brockport, respectively; and a B.S. in Business Management from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Dr. Gilbert-Hickey’s recent publications focus on intersectionality in contemporary young adult dystopias. Along with a colleague, she is the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays, Race in Young Adult Dystopian and Speculative Fiction (University Press of Mississippi). She is also at work on a single-author manuscript, tentatively titled The Hetero-Nuclear Imperative, which examines intersectional maternity in YA dystopian fiction, as well as an edited collection on feminist detective fiction.