Michelle Nussbaum

English
Glenelg, Md.
Project title: The Caulfield Effect: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Adult Identification in Young Adult Literature
Mentor: Scott Proudfit

Spring 2014

This semester I accomplished a lot both for my individual chapter on Harry Potter and for my overall chapter. This semester I hired a statistics assistant to help me analyze the survey I conducted in the fall about Harry Potter, and she found some interesting correlations between fans of Harry Potter and people who believe that their being a fan influences their identities. I also conducted four very informational interviews with adult Harry Potter fans, which helped me understand the deeper parts of fan identities and how they relate to Harry Potter fandom. After compiling all of this research together, and reading a good amount of scholarly articles on Harry Potter and fandom, I wrote my chapter on Harry Potter and adult fans of young adult literature.


For my overall project, I presented my big findings at Life@Elon and at SURF day. These were big presentations for me because I got to see the reaction that people had to what I found out about adult interest and identification in young adult literature. I am also putting together a comprehensive introduction right now that will weave together all three big chapters and present my general findings for all that I have done so that I can more easily present this research to graduate schools and whoever my be interested in reading it.

 

For More Information

Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
cahilla@elon.edu

News

Lumen Scholar's work gives voice to African immigrants

Elon University’s top prize for undergraduate research and creative achievement assisted senior Omolayo Ojo in her efforts to share why people from Senegal move to the United States, and what effect those moves have on families left behind.

Elon senior uses Lumen Prize to write first novel

Brianna Duff used the university's top award for undergraduate research and creative achievement to combine her love of physics and writing into a story driven by scientific principles.

Elon alumna, professor co-author article on youth with HIV/AIDS

Jamie Albright '13 and Professor Cynthia "Cindy" Fair researched barriers to communication between medical providers and adolescents born with HIV.

Elon anthropologists and Lumen Scholar present research in D.C.

Three Elon faculty members and a university Lumen Scholar shared their work at the 2014 American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Lumen Prize helps Elon student research cell death in kidney failure

Senior Thomas Lampl has used the university’s highest honor for undergraduate research and creative achievement to study a laboratory model that may help future doctors better understand the human body’s reaction to sepsis.

Career Moves: Mentors & career advisers help alum with top engineering school placement

Alexander Bruch ’14 sought feedback from chemistry professors & staff in the Student Professional Development Center as he applied to graduate schools, including Yale University, for a doctorate in electrical engineering.