Stephanie Toliver is a PhD. candidate in Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia with an emphasis in reading education, literature, and language arts. She is also a 2019 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. Her current research is based in the critical tradition, analyzing young adult speculative fiction in an effort to promote social justice and equity in the English classroom. Within this research area, she focuses on representations of and responses to people of color in speculative fiction texts to discuss the implications of erasing youth of color from futuristic and imaginative contexts. Toliver’s research interests include speculative fiction, social justice education, and Black girl literacies.