Mingshui Cai, Ph.D.

Professor - Literacy Education
(319) 273-5872
Office Location: 

SEC 632

Mailing Address: 

618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606


Ph.D. Language and Literature Education. Ohio State University
M.A. English Language and Literature. Hangzhou University
M.A. American Literature. University of Akron
B.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Fujian Normal University

Areas of Expertise 

Children’s Literature
Multicultural Literature
Reader Response Theory and Practice

Courses Taught 

Children’s Literature
Advanced Children’s Literature
Ideological, Cultural, Social Political Issues in Children’s Literature

Honors & Awards 

2002 “Outstanding Performance in Scholarship/Research” Faculty Award, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa

1993 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for "significant contribution to the professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth," sponsored by Kent State University and Highsmith Press

1992 Charles B. Mendehall Memorial Award "in recognition of the high level of competence demonstrated in a program in education, the College of Education," Ohio State University

Professional Affiliations 

National Council of Teachers of English
Children’s Literature Assembly of NCTE

Selected Publications 

Cai, M. (2002). Multicultural literature for children and young adults: Reflections on critical issues. Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
Cai, M. (2008). Transactional theory and the study of multicultural literature. Language Arts, 85 (3), 212-220.
Cai, M. (2000). Reflections on transactional theory as a theoretical guide for literacy and literature education. The New Advocate, 14 (1), 19-32.
Cai, M. & Traw, R. (1997). Literary literacy. The Journal of Children's Literature, 23 (2), 20-33.