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James B. Blasingame

Professor of English, Arizona State University

After 24 years as a high school teacher, James Blasingame joined Arizona State University in 2000. He has served as ALAN President, ALAN Executive Director, co-editor of The ALAN Review, and editor of the “Books for Adolescents” pages of the Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy. He has authored or coauthored seven books, 100 interviews, and 300 book reviews. For 24 years, he drove a school bus in Iowa, and for one week, he drove a dog sled in Alaska with Gary Paulsen. In 2023 he was awarded the rank of President’s Professor at ASU. He is married to ballroom dance instructor, and former Miss Nevada, Lori Isom Blasingame.


  • 2000–2025
    President's Professor, Arizona State University