Dr. Emily Aguilo-Perez

Dr. Emily Aguilo-Perez
Phone: 8148652215
Office Address:
260 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education


Curriculum and Instruction


Children's Literature
Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary and Kindergarten Education


Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez is Assistant Professor of Education (Children's Literature) at The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction  at The Pennsylvania State University, where she was a Bunton-Waller fellow and a Holmes Scholar. She also earned a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, focusing primarily on girlhood studies and children’s literature. She received an M.A. in English Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Her dissertation, “Tracing Puerto Rican Girlhoods: An Intergenerational Study of Interactions with Barbie and Her Influence on Female Identities,” examined the social and cultural implications that experiences with Barbie may have on women and girls’ lives. The study highlights how women and girls constructed their own identities in relation to femininity, body image, race, and nationalism through Barbie play. 

She has taught at various levels including elementary, high school, and college. Courses taught include Composition and Rhetoric, Children's Literature, Teaching English to English Language Learners, College and Career Prep, Intermediate English Composition, and Basic English. 

Areas of interest: Children's literature, Girlhood studies, Latinx studies, ESL, children's culture(s), Curriculum development, and Popular Culture, among others.

Courses Taught

Curriculum and Instruction:

LLED 402 Teaching Children’s Literature

CI 497 The Creative Child: Arts and the Educative Process

CI 497 Teaching in Informal Settings

CI 280 Introduction to Teaching English to English Language Learners 

EDUC 397 Urban Teaching Collaborative Afterschool Online Tutoring Program

Department of English:

ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition (Fall 2016-Summer 2017)