In this #WizardTeam bonus episode, Bayana and Robyn discuss Harry Potter, the Fandom, and trauma in Order of the Phoenix with Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas taught elementary language arts, high school English, and creative writing in public schools for several years after graduating from Florida A&M. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010, she returned to her master’s degree institution, Wayne State University, as an assistant professor of Reading, Language, and Literature in the College of Education. In July 2012, she came to Penn GSE, where she is Assistant Professor in the Division of Literacy, Culture, and International Education. Her program affiliation is Reading/Writing/Literacy.

In her work, Dr. Thomas synthesizes postcolonial, critical, and critical race theory with data from her empirical research in classrooms to examine the ways that literature, media, and culture are positioned in schooling and society today. Dr. Thomas’s program of research is most keenly focused on children’s and adolescent texts (broadly construed), the teaching of African American literature, history, and culture in K-12 classrooms, and the roles that race, class, and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction. Her forthcoming book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination in Youth Literature, Media, and Culture (New York University Press, anticipated 2018).

You can follow her on Twitter @Ebonyteach