Helen Harper , Ph.D. (deceased) was a Professor of Cultural Studies and English Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research explored the intersection of social justice and cosmopolitan theory informed by a critical pedagogy stance. She is the co-author of books on advocacy and literacy, young adult literature, and numerous articles on adolescent literacy, democracy, and freedom. She served as co-editor of the International Reading Associationrsquo;s Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
Thomas W. Beannbsp;has published refereed articles in top reading journals exploring the use of literature with critical literacy and documenting expanded uses of text in an information age. Bean's work in the field of reading and literacy is extensive and well respected, particularly for his expertise in the use of multicultural literature with secondary students. His is the author of books, including Targeted Reading: Improving Reading Achievement In Middle And Secondary Grades (Kendall Hunt); Content Area Literacy: An Integrated Approach 8/e (Kendall Hunt). Bean is an experienced researcher and practitioner in the area of reading and literacy education. He has co-authored (with Lisa Patel Stevens) several chapters on reading and literacy. nbsp;