Professor Carmen Martínez-Roldán Wins the Edward B. Fry Book Award

Carmen Martinez RoldanThis past December, Professor Carmen Martínez-Roldán and her co-authors, Evelyn Arizpe, from The University of Glasgow and Teresa Colomer from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, received the Edward B. Fry Book Award at the Literary Research Association Conference in California.

The award is given to Literary Research Association members who author books on literary research and practice. According to the Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, Bill Gaudelli, “Carmen’s book was recognized for advancing knowledge about literacy, illustrating inquiry into literacy and demonstrating intellectual risk taking.”

Prof. Martínez-Roldán is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Teachers College whose scholarly interests include teaching and learning in bilingual contexts, young Latino and immigrant students’ literacy/biliteracy development, the use of children’s literature, particularly Latino/a children’s literature and computer-mediated activities to support biliteracy, bilingual teacher education, and qualitative and narrative methodologies. Her current projects include examining changes in “Pre-service Teachers’ Conceptualization of Teaching and Learning,” using sociocultural perspectives and “Expansive Literacy Learning for Bilingual Children.”

Her book, Visual Journeys Through Wordless Narratives: An International Inquiry with Immigrant Children and The Arrival, addresses immigrant children’s needs and strengths in educational settings and based on the findings the three scholars reveal the benefits of using wordless narratives as well as visual strategies to support immigrant children’s literary understandings and visual literacy.

In an email response to colleagues, Prof. Martínez-Roldán wrote, “I feel very happy and grateful for this award. As all long collaborative projects, it was a product of love, commitment, and a great collaboration. We are happy that a book about immigrant children’s interactions with texts and experiences receives this recognition, in a context where there are so many different discourses in immigration circulating in the US and beyond, not all of them, fair for immigrant children and families.”

The Department offers its sincerest congratulations to Prof. Martínez-Roldán and her colleagues and is delighted to have such distinguished faculty on our team.


Prof. Martínez-Roldán was also featured in an announcement from the Teacher’s College Newsroom under TC People here.