Stephanie R. Toliver is an assistant professor of Literacy and Secondary Humanities at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Informed by her love of science fiction and fantasy texts as well as her experience as a 9th and 10th grade English teacher, Toliver’s scholarship centers the freedom dreams of Black youth and honors the historical legacy that Black imaginations have had and will have on activism and social change. Her academic work has been published in several journals, including Journal of Literacy Research, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and English Journal. Her public scholarship has been featured on LitHub, Huffpost, and the Horn Book.
Check out Stephanie’s forthcoming book: Recovering Black Storytelling in Qualitative Research: Endarkened Storywork is a semi-fictionalized book that presents my research as a science fiction story. By utilizing Black storytelling, Afrofuturism, and womanism, this book asks readers to elevate Black imaginations, uplift Black dreams, and consider how Afrofuturity is qualitative futurity. It’s available for pre-order on the Routledge website, and the publishing date is 11/19/21.