Sunah Chung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Literacy Education
(319) 273-2983

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0612

What drove your interest in your discipline? My research is focused on children's literacy learning through reading children's literature. This work is connected to my experiences as a teacher of adolescents in South Korea because early literacy education is foundational for older students. English as a foreign language learners can benefit by reading children's literature, especially informational picturebooks and biography, to enhance their language and disciplinary knowledge. Through my research, I seek to make children's literature more equitable and inclusive and to create learning spaces to develop disciplinary knowledge and literacy.

What attracted you to UNI and the College of Education? There were many reasons! I was drawn to UNI because of its excellent reputation in the teacher education program. I was also excited about working with faculty, staff, students, and alumni through school resources, such as Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, Teach Waterloo, and Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education.

Areas of Expertise: 

Children's literature (informational literature)
Literacy in early childhood

Selected Publications: 

Chung, S. & Chaudhri, A. (2021). Biographies of Women in the Robert Sibert Award: A Critical Content Analysis. Journal of Children's Literature, 47(1)

Chung, S. (2019). Baring teeth or bearing teeth?: Stereotypical visual representations in informational picturebooks. New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 25(1-2), 33-48.

Chung, S. (2019). Review of the book Figuring Korean Futures: Children's Literature in Modern Korea by Dafna Zur. The Lion and the Unicorn, 43(3), 430-433.

Chung, S. (2019). The diversity of protagonists in ILA Choices. The Dragon Lode, 38 (1), 46-52.

Chung, S., & Choi, Y. (2013). Does same-sex preference make 3-4-year-olds more gullible? The Korean Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26 (4), 93-105.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Curriculum and Instruction
B.A., Chung-Ang University, English Language Education