Curating the Story Museum's Team:
Dr. Naomi Hamer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University. She holds a PhD (2011) in children’s literature and media from the Institute of Education, University College London (UK), an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia (2004), and a BA (2000) in English Literature and Humanistic Studies from McGill University. Her current research and publications examine the cross-media adaptation of children's literature with a focus on picture books, mobile apps, and children’s museums. She is the co-editor of More Words About Pictures: Current Research on Picture Books and Visual/Verbal Texts for Young People (eds. Hamer, Nodelman and Reimer, 2017), and The Routledge Companion of Fairy-tale Cultures and Media (eds. Greenhill, Rudy, Hamer, and Bosc, 2018). She is also the President of the Association for Research in the Cultures of Young People (ARCYP).
Ann Marie F. Murnaghan is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. She received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science (Geography) from Queen's University, a Master in Environmental Studies, and Doctorate in Geography from York University, Toronto. She researches and teaches about urban and children's geographies, immigration, housing, and settlement. Her most recent academic activities have been focusing on the role of museum education for children in the past and currently in story museums. In 2016, along with Dr. L.J. Shillington, she edited the collection, Children, Nature, Cities that explores how children negotiate urban life through 11 case studies across the globe. She is an active member of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and in her spare time she loves to watch movies, explore cities, and thrift shop.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, I came to Canada and attended Ryerson University in 2013. I started my initial University career in Geographic Analysis but switched to English thanks to my passion for stories and digital literature such as video game and hyperlink stories. My research interests are that of digital humanities, children's literature, translation literature, food studies and International Student works. I mainly operate and manage the website for Curating the Story Museum and I will be going to Japan in May for a major research paper.
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I completed my undergraduate degree in French Literature at the University of Victoria, and after graduating I returned to Ontario to become a licenced paralegal. While I enjoyed working in the legal field, I wanted to return to school to continue studying literature. Currently, I am a student in the LitMod program at Ryerson. I'm mainly assisting with the ethics and research portions of the Curating the Story Museum project. Following my graduation, I'm hoping to teach English in France in the fall where I can work with children and share my knowledge on Canadian literature.
Quentin Stuckey is currently in his third year studying English at Ryerson University while pursuing a minor in Radio & Television Arts. His past extra curricular activities at the university include positions on the English Course Union and the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society. Originally from the town of Alliston, Ontario, he has written plays, poetry and contributed articles to online publications including The Plaid Zebra, Highly Sensitive Refuge and TalentEgg. Quentin hopes to pursue a career in television writing and in academia with research focusing on areas including modern literature, Hitchcockian cinema, critical theory and media studies. He is particularly interested in the power of narrative to encourage critical change both on the individual and societal level. He considers himself extremely lucky to be serving as an undergraduate research assistant on Curating The Story Museum as it is a new learning experience for him. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys reading, journaling, running, listening to people’s thoughts, cooking and meditating.
Helena Wright is a third-year student doing her undergraduate degree, majoring in English and Philosophy at Ryerson University. She also is doing a minor in sociology and has an appreciation for social phenomena, gender and diversity studies and humanitarian socio-philosophical frameworks. She is born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and has five years of previous work experience teaching children. Her previous employment has taken her to most sub-cultural pockets of Toronto, developing her interest in children’s discourse and its cultural reflections. In this project, she is gathering information and data on recent children's exhibitions and projects, that takes place in a variety of institutions such as museums, art galleries, and science centers. In particular, the topics surrounding children’s literature, but more broadly other multitudes of interests related to child identity. She is also inquiring into the technological sphere of children’s engagement through apps and interactive media such as online games. She is personally interested in non-fiction and cultural narratives, her favorite book is Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Additionally, she also really enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and some of her hobbies include swimming, running and cooking.
Dana Mitchell is a member of the Literatures of Modernity Master’s program at Ryerson University. She previously attended Queen’s University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English Literature, and the University of Manchester where she took part in a six month exchange program. Among her research interests include Romantic literature, gender and sentiment, and ecocriticism. Dana enjoys reading, travelling, and writing, and has contributed work to various publications including Shameless Magazine and the Queen’s Gazette. She is very excited to be a part of the Curating the Story Museum team and to learn more about child and youth studies. After graduation, Dana hopes to pursue her PhD in England.