Sarah A. Evans, PhD

Sarah Evans

Assistant Professor

Office: SH 421
Phone: 940-898-2666


PhD, University of Washington, Learning Sciences and Human Development, 2017
MILS, University of Washington, Library and Information Science, 2007
Elementary Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification, Western Washington University, 2004
BA, University of Washington, Drama, 1997

Research Interests

Voluntary learning; identities; literacies; narratives; adolescents; popular culture; youth literature; public libraries; qualitative methods; ethnography; discourse analysis; mixed methods.


Sarah Evans’ research examines voluntary learning experiences that occur across time, in various settings, and within cultures. She seeks to understand the narratives and experiences that forge a path to becoming. Evans works at the intersection of learning, literacies, and identities. Her primary method is qualitative, examining learning contexts and learners from a sociocultural historical viewpoint.

Prior to pursuing a research degree, Evans worked professionally in public and school libraries. Librarianship inspires her because we can spark and sustain learning in multiple domains for diverse individuals and communities. She remains active in the profession through service in the Young Adult Library Services Association and other librarian organizations.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Evans, S. & Ward, S. (2017). Playing to Learn, Learning to Play: The Significance of Play and Making Programs in the Library. In K. Campana and J.E. Mills (Eds.), Create, Innovate, and Serve: A Radical Approach to Children’s and Youth Services (Manuscript in preparation). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman.

Mills, J.E., Goldsmith, A., Campana, K., Patin, B.J., and Evans, S. (20 January 2015). Putting Youth First: The Radical Eliza T. Dresang. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.


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