About Sarah Lynne Bowman

Sarah Lynne Bowman is a scholar, professor, tutor, editor, and role-player. Sarah received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008. She also holds a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-TV-Film. In 2010, McFarland Press published her dissertation as The Functions of Role-playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems, and Explore Identity. Sarah publishes regularly and travels internationally to present her thoughts on the practice of role-playing.

Sarah’s current research interests include examining social conflict within role-playing communities, applying Jungian theory to role-playing studies, measuring the benefits of educational role-playing games (edu-larps), and connecting the enactment of role-playing characters with other creative phenomena such as drag and improvisational acting.

Bowman teaches as an adjunct professor in English and Communications for Richland College and Ashford University. She lectures for Austin Community College in Humanities. In addition, Sarah tutors in English at ACC’s Rio Grande campus and works as a freelance editor. Bowman serves as Secretary for Seekers Unlimited, a non-profit organization (501c3 status pending) specializing in educational role-playing games.

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