Erin Conlin

Erin Conlin

Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator

What's a book that means a lot to you?

I adore the Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling. The series brings me joy. Reading the books is like wrapping up in a comfortable blanket.

I first read the series when it came out 20 years ago and loved it. A decade later, I found myself rereading them in graduate school, because they were mental comfort food when I was stressed or worn out. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to read parts of them with my stepdaughter, and each time I turn the pages or listen to the audiobook, I fall in love all over again with the magic and mystery. Fantasy novels are my escape. 

Erin Conlin teaches courses on public and oral history and on 20th-century US history, focusing on the issues of race, labor, and migration in modern America. Since 2014, she has directed the IUP Oral History program.

Cover image for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling


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