Alumni

Elizabeth F. Criswell ’04
Early Childhood Education Educator, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
"I pursued children's literature because of my love of literature and illustration and my interest in the history of this complex literary genre. It has helped me develop invaluable ways of thinking in my career as an educator." Read More »
Jennifer Klein ’06
Marketing Associate, International Department, Random House
"Needless to say, Pitt’s Children’s Literature program helped establish my career. Having that certificate really helped distinguish me from the hundreds of other applicants out there." Read More »
Megan Roth ’11
Editor, Disney Publishing Worldwide
"I put this knowledge (gained through the Children's Lit Certificate Program) to use every day and words cannot express how much these classes helped." Read More »
Mariko Turk ’07
PhD recipient, University of Florida
"In short, the children’s literature program at Pitt made me a more open-minded thinker in both my criticism and teaching, and for this I am so very grateful." Read More »
Mara Mandradjieff ’08
Adjunct Professor of Dance, Gender Studies Affiliate, Kennesaw State University; Adjunct Professor of Dance, Emory University; Executive Director and Founder, Lume Foundation
"The Program truly paved my future career path and encouraged my intellectual growth. I remember these eye-opening experiences and strive to enrich my students in a similar fashion." Read More »
Paige Carlson ’09
Assistant to the Vice President / Director of Manufacturing, Penguin Young Readers
"The passion for children's literature that the program inspired in me will always shine, in every conversation I have with publishers, printers, authors, editors, and academics." Read More »
Kelly Knisley ’12
Editorial Assistant, Kumon Publishing
"I am now living my dream in New York City, creating books for children.  I owe so much to the knowledgeable faculty and thoughtfully designed courses of the Children’s Literature Certificate program." Read More »
Alexandra Cathcart ’14
Student at Temple University School of Medicine
"I had always known that I enjoyed spending time with kids, but I was surprised by the richness of the scholarly study of children’s culture." Read More »
Corey Wittig ’06
Digital Learning Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
"The Labs' creative technology programming is very much informed by works of children's literature and folk and fairy tales." Read More »
Arielle Reed '17
Production Coordinator, The Fred Rogers Company
"I am so thrilled to be working in a field that has such deep involvement with creative writing, art, child psychology, and education. Earning my Children's Literature Certificate was one of the best collegiate choices I could have made." Read More »
Morgan Buck '18
Children's Corps, Fostering Change for Children NYC
"The Children's Literature program was more than just a certificate for me, it was preparation for a career in child welfare and advocacy. I cannot wait to help empower children and families through trauma-informed, culturally, and historically responsive practice." Read More »
Madeleine Shelley '18
Children's Programming Team, WGBH, Boston's PBS Station
"I work with incredibly talented people who created the iconic shows I grew up with, like Arthur, ZOOM, and Between the Lions, and are on the forefront of new shows for PBS. I'm thrilled to be at my dream job working behind the scenes on projects I care deeply about, and I owe the inspiration and skills I needed to get here to the Children's Literature department!" Read More »