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 Ruth Handel

As a literacy specialist, political activist and writer, Ruth Handel appreciates both the excitement of detective fiction and its exploration of issues of circumstance and power. She has used novels and stories to heighten students' awareness of social concerns and to help move them to action.

Dr. Handel believes a popular genre such as detective fiction is uniquely positioned to influence concepts of class, race and gender. Dr. Handelís 20-year academic career has ocused on underserved and poverty populations. She is known internationally as the early developer of the field of family literacy, and has been active in women's and civil liberties organizations.