Department of English

Victor Malo

Associate ProfessorVictor Malo
Undergraduate Coordinator
Morton Hall 132
(910) 962-3597


Ed.D., Florida International University
Ed.S., Florida International University
M.S., Florida International University
B.F.A., University of Miami

Academic Interests

Victor is a former middle school teacher and current associate professor of English Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches courses in young adult (YA) literature and multicultural YA literature. His research focuses on examining the use of YA literature in classrooms. He coedited Critical Approaches to Teaching the High School Novel and has two books forthcoming in 2020: Critical Explorations of Young Adult Literature: Identifying and Critiquing the Canon to be published by Routledge; and Breaking the Taboo with Young Adult Literature to be published by Rowman and Littlefield. Victor is currently on the editorial/executive boards of English Journal, Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature, and SIGNAL Journal, and he edited the “Right to Read” column for the ALAN Review in 2017-18. He is also the current chair of the ELATE Commission on the Study and Teaching of Young Adult Literature and has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times discussing his research on the young adult novel Speak and adolescents’ attitudes toward date rape.

Awards: 2020 Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award

Courses Taught

ENG 101 College Reading and Writing I
ENG 110 Introduction to Literature
ENG 201 College Reading and Writing II
ENG 210 Mythology
ENG 304 Writing for Teachers
ENG 381 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 383 Classics Reconsidered
ENG 385 Multicultural Young Adult Literature
ENG 555 Politics of English Education
ENG 556 Qualitative Research in English Studies
ENG 564 Studies in Children’s/Young Adult Literature

Recent Publications


  • Malo-Juvera, V., & Hill, C. (Eds.). (2020). Critical Explorations of Young Adult Literature: Identifying and Critiquing the Canon. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Malo-Juvera, V., & Greathouse, P. (Eds.). (2020). Breaking the Taboo with Young Adult Literature. Lanham: MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Hill, C. & Malo-Juvera, V. (Eds.). (2019). Critical approaches to teaching the high school novel: Reinterpreting canonical literature. New York, NY: Routledge.

 Articles and Book Chapters  

  • Malo-Juvera, V., Correll, P., & Cantrell, S. (2018). A mixed methods investigation of teachers' self-efficacy for culturally responsive instruction. Teaching and Teacher Education, 74, 146-156.  
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2018). Teaching Geography Club to reduce homophobia and bullying. In P. Greathouse, B. Eisenbach, & J. Kaywell (Eds.), Queer adolescent literature as a complement to the English language arts curriculum (pp. 17-28). Lanham: MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2018).  Who decides what you can teach? The ALAN Review, 45(3), 90-97.
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2017). A postcolonial primer with multicultural YA literature. English Journal, 107(1), 41-47. 
  • Malo-Juvera, V., & Gill, D. (2017).  Writing across identity elements: An interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, William Alexander, and Kekla Magoon. The ALAN Review, 45(2), 74-79. 
  • Malo-Juvera, V., & Scherff, L. (2017).  Standardized censorship. The ALAN Review, 45(1), 91-97.
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2016). The effect of an LGBTQ themed literary instructional unit on adolescents’ homophobia. Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature, 2(1), 1 - 34. 
  • Powell, R., Cantrell, S., Malo-Juvera, V., & Correll, P. (2016). Operationalizing culturally responsive instruction: Preliminary findings of CRIOP research. Teachers College Record, 118(1).
  • Malo-Juvera, V., & Spears-Bunton, L. (2015). A qualitative analysis of high school students’ engagement with poetry and social justice. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 11(2), 1 - 22. 
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2015). A mixed methods study of pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward LGBTQ themed literature. Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature, 1(1), 1 - 45.
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2014). Speaking to the classics. SIGNAL Journal, 37, 7 - 11.
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2014). Speak: The effect of literary instruction on adolescents' rape myth acceptance. Research in the Teaching of English48(4), 404-427.
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2014). Cultural hegemony and censorship. Journal of Language and Literacy Education. [Online]. Retrieved from
  • Malo-Juvera, V. (2013).Traditional and tragic heroes: Using archetypal analysis to introduce students to critical lenses.SIGNAL Journal36(2), 6-11.