Review Committee

The Américas Award is awarded based on the input of the Américas Award Review Committee, the members of which serve three-year terms.


Patricia Austin (2019 – 2021)
Patricia Austin is a Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature at The University of New Orleans and has taught for twenty years in the K-12 classroom setting. She has published more than fifty journal articles and hundreds of book reviews and is the author of a picture book, The Cat Who Loved Mozart. She has served as the editor of the Journal of Children’s Literature, children’ literature columnist for the Louisiana reading journal, reviewer for Booklist, and as a member of the NCTE committee for Notable Books for the Language Arts. As curator of the Children’s Literature Collection at UNO and as professor, she wants to nurture her students as readers and to have them fall in love with literature, sustaining that deep interest in books if they have always loved to read, deepening that interest if they once were readers and strayed, and helping them discover the pleasure of books if they never loved reading. At the heart of all her classes is that diverse books matter so readers see themselves on the page, see beyond themselves, and see others in themselves.


David Campos (2017-2019)
David Campos is a Professor of Education at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas where he has supervised student teachers and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, multicultural education, and instructional design and delivery. He has written books on youth sexuality, childhood health and wellness, and the schooling of Latinos. He began his career in education over 25 years ago when he started teaching second grade. He later entered graduate school, taught ESL, and worked in corporate training and development. In addition to his teaching at UIW, David has served as a consultant to the Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida), Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia), Collier County School District (Florida), Austin Independent School District (Texas), and Pampa Independent School District (Texas). David loves to teach his students (who are future teachers) the many different ways that children learn and to share with them how to best shape children’s lives. He enjoys that he get to share his passion for education and his own of love of learning, and that he get to witness his students develop into teachers because of what they have learned from him. He considers it a blessing to see his students grow from one year to the next learning one form of methods instruction after another and then applying these skills in their professional lives.


Luciano Marzulli (2019-2021)
Lu is the K-16 Outreach Coordinator for the International and Area Studies Programs at the University of Utah. He is also a proud alum of the University of Utah where he received an MA from the department of Education, Culture and Society and has worked in higher education since 2006. Professionally, Lu’s focus has been on advocacy and support for first generation college students and students of color. Through his outreach role he connects students to resources, develops and maintains community partnerships, and creates professional learning opportunities for teachers and community college faculty. Lu is driven by the transformative possibilities of high-quality educational experiences, and always seeks to create opportunities for learning. Lu’s passion for books really developed post graduate school, unrestricted by scholarly deadlines and citations. Lu loves sharing and discussing books for all age groups, especially culturally relevant material. In addition to fiction books, Lu enjoys films, the outdoors and traveling. He is fluent in English and Spanish, an intermediate Nahuatl speaker and can ask for directions and order a meal in Italian and French. He also sits on the board of directors of the Salt Lake City Public Library.