Elina Druker, photo by Stefan Tell

Elina Druker

Born 1970 in Helsinki, Finland. Associate professor in comparative literature at Stockholm University. Researcher, writer and literary critic.

Elina Druker is a researcher with considerable experience in children's and young adult literature, with special emphasis on picture books. In her dissertation Images of modernism. The modern picture book in the Nordic countries (2008), she examines modernism in picture books during the 1940s - and 1950s. She teaches and lectures in literature, children's literature and intermediality, and has published numerous scientific articles and publications on children’s literature, modernism and avantgarde.

Elina Druker has recently published a biography about the picturebook artist Eva Billow, and is co-editor of a series of anthologies, such as Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde (John Benjamins 2015). Today, she is a member of the Editorial Board of the upcoming Swedish children's literature history, a collaborative project between Stockholm University and the Swedish children's institute.

Furthermore, she is part of an international network of picture book researchers, and a former board member of the Northern Research Institute-funded research network NorChilnet 2003-2006.