Tanja Nathanael currently teaches Children’s Literature and Fantasy & Science Fiction Literature online for San Jose State University. An alumni of SJSU, she earned her Bachelor's and Master's in 2005 and 2010. She received her doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2019 with her dissertation: Borders, Peripheries, and the Idea of the North in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. She continues to research Northern spaces and borders and peripheries in both nineteenth-century British literature and contemporary international children’s literature. She formerly served on the international committee for the Children's Literature Association (2015-2018). She continues to support its goals along with her colleague Olivia Bushardt as co-editors of the ChLA International Committee Blog to encourage interest in international children’s literature.