Faculty Profile for Dr. Christian M. Hines

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Dr. Christian M. Hines
Assistant Professor — Curriculum And Instruction
ED 3044
phone: (512) 245-3701

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Christian Hines is an Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy at Texas State University. She is a former high school English teacher and Blerd (black nerd) and teacher educator whose work centers on the use of diverse young adult literature and multimodal texts in the secondary English Language Arts classroom. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University.

She leans into comics and graphic novels, specifically diverse teen superhero narratives as a way for students and practitioners to understand the intersectional lived experiences of youth and the impact that youth have on society and enacting resistance. She also centers her work around Black girls in comics, literature, pop culture, and in educational spaces.

She strives to contextualize the broader terms of her research on the representations of Black girls in middle grade and young adult literature and the ways in which that representation can aid in the identity formations and affirmations of Black girls in the ELA classroom as well creating avenues for them to amplify and create their own multimodal stories.

Research Interests

Comics and graphic novels studies, Diverse representations in Young Adult Literature, English Teacher Education, Multicultural/social justice education, Visual and Digital literacy education

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Hines, C. M., & Igeleke Penn, J. (2023). Seeing beyond the Surface: Using Critical Lenses to Combat Anti-Blackness in the English Classroom. English Journal, 113(1), 17–24.
  • Hines, C. M., & Alexander, L. D. (2023). Getting Graphic: Resisting Anti-Blackness via the Visual Narratives of Black Boys. In Black Males in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education: Teaching, Mentoring, Advising, and Counseling (pp. 3–23). Emerald Publishing.
  • Hines, C. M. (2023). #TheKidsAreAlright: Interrogating Youth Empowerment and Enacting Comics Pedagogies in a High School Book Club. Journal of Children’s Literature, 49(1), 86–88.
  • Hines, C. M., Mundorf, J., Miley, J., & Del Riego, J. (2022). Repositioning Recommended/Required Texts to Build Curricular Bridges: Incorporating Superhero Comics into Secondary ELA Classrooms. English Leadership Quarterly, 45(2), 16–22.
  • Miller, H. (Cody), Hines, C. M., & Rodríguez-Astacio, R. M. (2022). With Great Power Comes…Youth Empowerment: A Critical Content Analysis of Marvel’s Superhero Young Adult Literature. ALAN Review, 50(1), 33–44.

Selected Grants

  • Hines, Christian Marlene. Communities Literacies Collaboratory Literacies Research Grant Recipient, Community Literacies Collaboratory, University of Arkansas, Institutional (Higher Ed), $1900. (Funded: 2023). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Leander ISD Student Visit
January 2023-2023
Round Roc ISD Student Visit
November 2, 2023-November 2, 2023