29: Plus Size Magic

Ellise Smith‘s research interest is understanding the experiences of fat bodies, as she self-identifies as fat, and works to provide a space to share these narratives. She does so by using spoken word poetry pedagogy, hip-hop culture, freestyle lyricism, intersectionality, Black Feminist Thought, and counter storytelling of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a catalyst to share these stories. 

Her interest leads to the creation of her brand Fatness Fiction and a podcast titled +Plus Size Magic Radio. On these platforms, she interviews a plethora of individuals and scholars, including Dr. Lori Patton Davis, in regard to their experiences as plus-sized bodies. 

Recently, Smith presented at the 31st annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) on the subjects of discrimination, representation, intersectionality, and empowerment of fat bodies via the use of social media. Connect with Ellise Smith on LinkedIn.

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