Before coming to the University of Cambridge in 2008 to become Professor and Chair, Maria Nikolajeva taught children’s literature and literary theory at Stockholm university, Sweden, for twenty five years. She has also been a guest professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and San Diego State University, USA. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Worcester. She has lectured extensively on the five continents and given papers at over sixty conferences, including many keynote addresses. Her academic honours include a Fulbright Grant and a research fellowship at the International Youth Library, Munich. She is the author and editor of many books and contributor to numerous professional journals and essay collections. She has led several major research projects and was the coordinator of a five-year Nordic postgraduate training program funded by the Nordic Academy for Advanced Studies. She is a member of several editorial boards of international professional journals and was one of the senior editors for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. In 2002-2008 she served on the jury of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the next-largest international award in literature after the Nobel Prize. In 2005 she received the International Brothers Grimm Award for a lifetime achievement in children’s literature research. In 2010 she became the Director of the Cambridge-Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature. For further information please visit Maria’s page on