Jennifer Esposito, chair of the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, is a co-recipient of the American Educational Studies Association’s (AESA) 2021 Critics’ Choice Book Award.
This annual award is given to “outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies,” according to AESA’s website.
Esposito received the award for her book entitled, “Intersectional Analysis as a Method to Analyze Popular Culture: Clarity in the Matrix,” which she wrote with CEHD alumnus Erica Edwards (Ph.D. ’17).
Their book examines several movies, TV shows and other works of popular culture using intersectionality, a theory that describes how race, gender, class and other personal characteristics intersect and inform how people are positioned within systems of domination and privilege.
Through their examinations, Esposito and Edwards demonstrate how researchers can use intersectionality to analyze data, and what can be learned when they apply theories and research methods that center on race.
This is the second award Esposito and Edwards have received for their book. Earlier this year, they received the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry’s 2021 Qualitative Book Award.
For more information about their book, visit https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/intersectional-analysis-method-analyze-popular-culture-erica-edwards-jennifer-esposito/10.4324/9780429056314.