Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 5-2025


English Education



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Ray Horton, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Danielle Nielsen, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Professor Stephanie Fulcher, Committee Member


This is an extended analysis of James Baldwin's "A Talk to Teachers" about how to bring representation into the classroom. I use Baldwin's other essays and fiction along with educational research to look into the way Baldwin understands education and the importance of bringing healthy queer representation into the classroom. I provide both theoretical observations along with practical implications of what this means for educators in the classroom and what they can do to help all their students feel seen, represented, and welcome in the classroom.