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Janine Darragh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


ED 409



Mailing Address

875 Perimeter Drive MS 3082
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3082

  • Ph.D. Literacy & Language Education 2010
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction. Emphasis in Secondary English Education & Special Education, Ohio University 1999
  • B.S. Secondary English Education & TESOL, Ohio University 1994

  • English Specialist, United States Department of State

  • Provost’s Award for Junior Faculty Achievement, Whitworth University, 2012

  • Honorable Mention: The Association for Faculty Women’s Harriett B. Rigas Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student, Washington State University, 2010

  • President’s Award for Student Excellence, Washington State University, 2009

  • “Salute to Excellence” Outstanding Teacher Award, Granville, Ohio, 2003-2005 

  • National Board Certification, 2004

  • F.B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award, 2003

Janine Darragh began her teaching career in 1994 teaching high school English in rural Appalachia. She spent 13 years in Ohio teaching English and coaching gymnastics, cross country and track before moving West to pursue her doctorate in literacy and language education. Most recently, she has taught education courses for Washington State University and Whitworth University. When Darragh is not reading, writing or researching, she enjoys trail running with her dog and cheering on Cincinnati, Ohio, sports’ teams.

  • Sociocultural issues in Children’s and Young Adult literature
  • Literacy and ESL education, teacher preparation, young adult literature


  • Boyd, A. S. & Darragh, J. J. (in press). Reading for Action: Engaging Youth in Social Justice through Young Adult Literature. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

  • Darragh, J. J. & Boyd, A. S. (2018). "We were dangerous, and brainwashed to kill': Death and resilience in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. In M. M. Falter & S. T. Bickmore (Eds.) Moving Beyond Personal Loss lo Societal Grieving: Discussing Death's Social Impact Through Literature in the Secondary ELA Classroom. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Darragh, J. J. (2016). Beyond cruel: Female heroines and Third- wave feminism in The Vampire Academy Series. In L. D' Amico (Ed.) Girl Talk: The Influence o/Girls · Series on American Popular Culture. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Hill, C., & Darragh, J. J. (2016). Is poverty the result of poor decisions? What young adult literature contributes to the conversation. In J. Hayn, J. S. Kaplan, & K. R. Clemmons (Eds.), Teaching Young Adult Literature Today:Insights, Considerations, and Perspectives for the Classroom Teacher (211d Ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Johnson, F., & Darragh, J. J. (2016). Poverty lines: Visual depictions of poverty and social class realities in graphic novels. In C. Hill (Ed.). Teaching Comics through Multiple Lenses. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Darragh, J. J. (2015). Using YA literature that portrays disabilities as canonical companions. In J. Stratman (Ed.), Lessons in Disability: Essays on Teaching with Young Adult Literature. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • Darragh, J. J., & Hill, C. (2014). "The worst form of violence": Unpacking portrayals of poverty in young adult novels. In C. Hill (Ed.), The Critical Merits of Young Adult Literature. New York, NY: Routledge.

Refereed Journal Manuscripts/ Articles (blind peer reviewed):

  • Darragh, J. J., & Petrie, G. M. (2019). "I feel like I'm teaching in a landmine: Teaching in the context of political trauma." Teaching and Teacher Education, 80, 180-189.
  • Petrie, G. M., & Darragh, J. J. (in press). Desiring English in southwestern Nicaragua. Curriculum Inquiry, 48(4).
  • Boyd, A., & Darragh, J. J. (in press). Complicating censorship: Reading All American Boys with parents of young adults. English Education.
  • Petrie, G. M., & Darragh, J. J. (2018). Educative curriculum materials: A promising option for independent professional development. English Teaching Forum, 56( 4), 2-15.
  • Darragh, J. J. & Boyd, A. S. (2018). Text selection: Perceptions of novice vs. veteran teachers. Action in Teacher Education, 40(4), DOI:
  • Boyd, A., & Darragh, J. J. (2017). Rigor, young adult literature, and socioeconomics: An analysis of high school literacy teachers' text choices from national survey data. The Wisconsin English Journal, 59(1-2). Retrieved from
  • Darragh, J. J. (2017). "Let us pick up our books": Young adult literature and the refugee experience. The ALAN Review, 44(3), 13-24.
  • Darragh, J. J. (2017). "Let me help you find your way home": Including the refugee experience in the English language classroom. WAESOL Educator, 1(1), 26-30.
  • Kimmons, R., Darragh, J. J., Haruch, A., & Clark, B. (2017). Essay composition across media: A quantitative comparison of 8th grade student essays composed with paper vs. Chromebooks. Computers and Composition, 44, 13-26.
  • Darragh, J. J., & Radmer, E. (2016). Connecting to their lives: Young adult literature and student achievement. Making Literacy Connections, 31, 18-30.
  • Radmer, E., & Darragh, J. J. (2016). An experimental study of the impact of culturally responsive young adult literature on middle school students' reading comprehension. Sage Research Methods Cases. Retrieved from
  • Darragh, J. J. (2015). Exploring the effects of reading young adult novels that portray people with disabilities in the inclusion classroom. Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, 3( 4), Article 5. Retrieved from braries. 11 77 &context=ejie
  • Hill, C., & Darragh, J. J. (2014). From bootstraps to hands-up: A multicultural content analysis of the depiction of poverty in young adult literature. Study & Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature, 1 (2), 31-63.
  • Darragh, J.J., Kelley, J.E., & Koss, M.E., Guest Editors. (2012). Dragon reviews: Trends in children’s literature. Dragon Lode, 29(2), 71-77.
  • Darragh, J.J., Picanco, K.E., Tully, D., Henning, A.S. (2012). “When teachers collaborate, good things happen”: Teacher candidate perspectives of the co-teach model for the student teaching internship. AILACTE Journal
  • Picanco, K., & Darragh, J.J. (2011). Re-imagining partnerships: Using the co-teach model to prepare 21st century teachers. Northwest Passages, 9(2), 180-189.
  • Kelley, J.E., & Darragh, J.J. (2011). Depictions and gaps: Portrayal of U.S. poverty in realistic fiction children's picture books. Reading Horizons, 50(4), 263-282.
  • Beecher, C., & Darragh, J. J. (2011). Using children’s and young adult literature to teach pre-service special education teachers about autism. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas for Middle and High School Teachers, 84(1), 21-25. 
  • Sanden, S., & Darragh, J. (2010). Wiki Use in the 21st century literacy classroom: A framework for evaluation. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 11(1). Retrieved from
  • Roe, M., Darragh, J., Lee, H., & Sanden, S. (2010). Comparing the reading demands of narrative, expository, and popular press texts. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook, 32, 191-205.
  • Darragh, J.J. (2008) Why just harlots and ’ho’s?: Finding time to put the sisterhood into the English Classroom. Washington English Journal, 3-13.


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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