B.J. Epstein joined UEA in 2009 after finishing her Ph.D. in translation studies at Swansea University. She is a senior lecturer in literature and public engagement at UEA and is also the engagement director for the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. She is also a writer, editor, and translator from the Scandinavian languages to English. B.J. was raised in Chicago in the U.S. and later lived in Helsingborg, Sweden, before moving to the UK in 2006.
B.J. has published monographs on how LGBTQ characters are represented in English-language children’s literature and books for young adults, and on the translation of figurative language in children’s literature. She has also edited two books on translation to and between the Nordic languages and co-edited a book on queer approaches to translation. She is currently researching how the maternal figure is depicted in literature, with a focus on the portrayal of breastfeeding in children’s literature. Besides B.J.’s academic publications, she regularly writes for popular magazines and newspapers; this includes personal essays, book reviews, and research-inspired articles.