Aisha Barnes has a BA in English and dance from Evergreen State College, an MA in English from Claremont Graduate School, and is ABD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Iowa. She has taught at the University of California, Davis, the University of Utah, and was the Director of English Education at Western Illinois University where she taught for thirteen years. Her research focuses predominantly on text selection and curriculum design. Aisha is a regular presenter at several national English education conferences including NCTE and "Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature." She hopes her research will help teachers adopt dynamic views of text selection that will expose students to multiple genres and contemporary texts. Hermost recent conference presentation, "Zones of Inquiry: Students Reading Urban, Wilderness, and Domestic Landscapes," included several multi-media components that examined how skateboarders, snowboarders,hunters, and urban street artists read and create specialized texts. Aisha has won numerous teaching awards, has received three NEA grants, and serves as a research consultant for several states that are assessing high school and university general education English curriculum.