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Concurrently with my dissertation, I 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, I wrote the Introduction and several chapters:

  • Chapter 17 dicusses interracial couples and the social construction of race.

  • Chapter 7 explains Durkheim's theory of the functionality of crime and punishment, incorporating Bourdieu's concept of the transformation of fields to explain the gaps in Durkheim's conceptualization.

  • Chapter 6 (co-written) is a case study which illustrates the tenants of social psychology's social structure and personality paradigm.

  • In September 2016, I was the featured speaker at Edinboro University's Potterfest. My address entitled "Harry Potter and the Promise of Sociology" discussed how viewing the Harry Potter world sociologically can help readers learn to view the real world and real events sociologically, too.

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    **This project was NOT in association with or authorized by J.K. Rowling, her US or UK publishers,
    Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, the American or British Sociological Associations,
    or any other official Harry Potter or Sociology related or trademarked entity.**