Amy Ratelle is presently a strategic research development officer at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. She received her PhD in Communication and Culture, a joint program between Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU; formerly Ryerson University) and York University, and holds degrees in Film Studies from TMU (BFA), and Carleton University (MA).

Her most recent publications include an essay for the online Children’s Literature Archive (Adam Matthew, 2021) and have appeared in Literary Cultures and Twenty-First-Century Childhoods (ed. Nathalie op de Beeck, Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and in her co-edited volume The Animation Studies Reader (co-eds. Nichola Dobson, Annabelle Honess Roe, & Caroline Ruddell, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). Her first book, Animality and Children’s Literature and Film, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Dr. Ratelle is also the former editor of Animation Studies (2011-2021), the online peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS). She is currently serving as Vice President of the SAS.

Her research areas include animation, animality studies, children’s literature and culture, and critical media studies. Her professional portfolio includes research programming development, research administration, grants and awards applications & management, project management, research fund management, social media and multimedia storytelling.