February 2024 Member of the Month: Stephanie Mahar

Stephanie Mahar (she/her/siya), MLIS, is a Filipina American first-generation Ph.D. Candidate in Language, Literacy, and Technology Education at Washington State University and the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Washington Library Association’s Public Library Division. Her research focuses on graphic novels for youth mental health and social-emotional learning. Stephanie has experience in a high school library and university archives. Last year, Stephanie organized and presented a panel discussion for the YALSA Symposium, titled Beyond “American Born Chinese”: Advancing Change through Asian Representation in Graphic Novels.

She also presented at the 2023 American Educational Research Association and Pacific Northwest Library Association conferences. Recently, she used YouTube videos to learn how to crochet and became a big fan of stickers and prints created by local and independent artists. Stephanie loves dinosaurs, Australian animals, skating (roller and ice), sci-fi and fantasy, Filipino food, and playing video games with her husband.