Edinboro Potterfest 2016 Featured Speaker Dr Jennifer Patrice Sims
Dr Jennifer Patrice Sims is an Adjunct Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. While completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she organized an international team of scholars to produce The Sociology of Harry Potter: 22 Enchanting Essays on the Wizarding World (Zossima Press 2012). The first book-length sociological analysis of Harry Potter, it introduces the general public to sociological theories and concepts via analysis of the wizarding world. In addition to initiating the project and editing the volume, Dr Sims wrote the Introduction and several chapters.
Dr Sims’ work examines racial perception, mixed race identity and the sociology of fictional societies. Her dissertation was a US/UK comparative interview-based study that explored mixed race individuals' identity, body work practices and everyday experiences being asked "what are you?" and other racialized questions. Her current research project is an experiment that examines the influence of hair style on racial perception. Dr Sims has also recently written essays analyzing racial perception on Twitter, in Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance, and in movies and literature such Star Wars VII and of course Harry Potter.
****Speaking on the EU campus, Wed, Sept. 21, 8 pm, Pogue Student Center****