Maria Sachiko Cecire
Associate Professor of Literature; Coordinator, Experimental Humanities
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Experimental Humanities, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Medieval Studies
Area of Specialization: Children's literature and childhood, speculative fiction, digital culture, media studies, medievalisms
Biography:Professor Cecire is the founding director of the Center for Experimental Humanities, which focuses on how technologies mediate the human experience. She is the author of Re-Enchanted: The Rise of Children’s Fantasy Literature in the Twentieth Century (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and coeditor of Space and Place in Children’s Literature, 1789-Present (Routledge, 2015). She is a National Project Scholar for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club for underserved youth (since 2014); other public-facing humanities work includes podcasting, documentary films, and short fiction. Recipient, Rhodes Scholarship (2006).
BA, University of Chicago; MSt, DPhil, Oxford University. At Bard since 2010.