Karen Hill McNamara is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. McNamara is a contributing author in Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2008); her chapter is entitled The Potato Eaters. She was a contributing author in Hungry Words (2006) and her chapter “’It was a life-changing book’: tracing Cecil Woodham-Smith’s impact on the canon of children’s literature of the Irish Famine” was positively reviewed in The Irish Times. Other publications include “From Fairies to Famine: How cultural identity is constructed through Irish and Irish American children’s literature”, in Children’s Folklore Review, and “Children’s Literature of the Great Irish Famine”, in Foilsiu: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies. McNamara graduated with distinction from Drew University in 2003 and her doctoral dissertation, “Telling Bridget’s Tale of Hunger: Children’s Literature of the Great Irish Famine,” won the University Prize. She has presented seventeen papers on children’s and young adult literature at national and international conferences.