AboutDr. James Eric Siburt, PhD., is the Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Masters of Strategic Leadership at Immaculata University. He has 15 years of experience in higher education as an educator, researcher, and administrator. His research is in the semiotic analysis of narrative to form an understanding of the power of story–folklore, pop-culture, religion, and mythology–to shape and perpetuate normative perspectives in religion, politics, leadership, and cultural texts. This research is evident in his courses on Anthropology, Sociology, Narratology, Power, and Leadership. Dr. Siburt is the co-author of Theology & Science Fiction from Fortress Press (2023), and the author of Myth, Magic, & Power in Tolkien’s Middle-earth (2023), and A Socio-Narratology of Power and Influence (2025) both forthcoming from Lexington Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.