Author Bios for Volume 10 – 17
(Author bios for Volumes 1-9 available here)
Charles R. Acland is Professor and Research Chair in Communication Studies at Concordia University. His books include Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes and Global Culture (Duke UP, 2003) and the edited collection Residual Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). His next books, Swift Viewing in a Cluttered Age and a co-edited collection Useful Cinema, are both forthcoming with Duke UP. His current research projects involve post-WWII audio-visual instruction and contemporary blockbuster cinema. He is editor of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies.
Jiwon Ahn is Chair of the Film Studies Department at Keene State College, NH. Her research interests lie in transitions in media texts and practices in the context of globalization. Topics of her current research projects include transnational film genres, the cinema of immigration, and lifestyle television. She is currently preparing a book manuscript on the transnational reception of anime in North America and East Asia.
Dr. Sheila Marie Aird is an Assistant Professor and Academic Area Coordinator of Global Studies at SUNY’s Empire State College. Dr. Aird’s research interests include representation of race in media and the African Diaspora experience. Her continuous goal is to provoke discussion from a panoramic lens that will question preconceived notions and “what we think we know” in an environment that engages and educates the public. She is currently working on a documentary project.
David L. Andrews
Dr. David L. Andrews is a Professor of Physical Cultural Studies in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park, and an affiliate faculty member of the Departments of American Studies and Sociology. He has published numerous works focused on a variety of topics related to the critical and theoretically-driven analysis of sport as an aspect of late capitalist culture, including Sport-Commerce-Culture: Essays on Sport in Late Capitalist America (Peter Lang, 2006).
Michela Ardizzoni currently teaches media at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her PhD in Communication and Culture from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research focuses on global media, transnationalism, identity politics, immigration, alternative and new media with an emphasis on Western Europe. Her study of Italian television North/South, East/West: Mapping Italiannes on Television was published in 2007 by Lexington Books. She is the co-editor of Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media, forthcoming by Lexington Press. She’s currently working on a project that examines the emergence of new urban media in transnational contexts. This project consists of ethnographic studies of the relationship between new urban media, globalization, and identity politics in a variety of national and transnational settings. Her articles have appeared in journals like “Women’s Studies,” “Journal of Communication Inquiry” and “Social Identities.”
Professor Barlow has taught at New York University, New York’s School of Visual Arts, and Queens College, CUNY, before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder as an Associate Professor. The editor of Mary Lucier: Art and Performance, Barlow is a film and video historian and curator who specializes in work by contemporary women film and video makers, and also writes about the art of mentoring women. She has written extensively on film and contemporary art that has appeared in books and journals such as There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond, Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box, Camera Obscura, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Millennium Film Journal, Art Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Art in America, Afterimage, Sculpture, American Theatre, and the Spanish animation journal Animac. She is currently at work upon a book entitled My Museum.
Kyle Barnett is an Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the School of Communication, Bellarmine University. He is also a research fellow in Bellarmine’s Institute for Media, Culture, & Ethics. Recent publications include “The Selznick Studio, Spellbound and the Marketing of Film Music” in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image and “The Recording Industry’s Role in Media History” in Convergence Media History. His current research links media historiography with cultural industries scholarship through analyzing production culture and genre formation in the U.S. recording industry, between the post-World War I “phonograph boom” and the industry merger with radio in the first years of the Great Depression.
Mary Beltrán teaches in the department of Radio, Television and Film at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research is focused on the production and narration of race, gender, and class in U.S. entertainment media and celebrity culture and the ways in which media texts and media producers articulate social hierarchies and group and national identities. She is the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom and co-editor (with Camilla Fojas) of the anthology Mixed Race Hollywood.
Dr. James Bennett is Head of Area for Media, Information and Communications at London Metropolitan University. His work focuses on digital television as well as TV fame. His work has been published in /Screen/, /Cinema Journal/, /New Review of Film & Television Studies/ and /Convergence/. He is the editor of /Television as Digital Media /(with Niki Strange; Duke University Press, forthcoming) /Film & Television After DVD /(with Tom Brown; Routledge, 2008) and is currently working on the monograph /Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen /(forthcoming).
Daren C. Brabham
Daren C. Brabham is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He researches new media technologies and was among the first to publish research on crowdsourcing, a distributed problem solving and production model driven by online communities. His work has appeared in such journals as Convergence, First Monday, Planning Theory, and Information, Communication & Society, and he has a chapter forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Participatory Cultures. His website is www.darenbrabham.com.
Carolyn Brown is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC. Carolyn has worked as a Producer at MSNBC News and Fox News Channel. She has also been a producer in local news in San Francisco, Washington DC’s, and Phoenix. She began her news career at CBS News, “The Early Show”. Carolyn is currently working on a documentary, “On the Line”, which focuses on immigration and the Minutemen. Carolyn’s other research interests include bilingual and Spanish language media.
Gerald R. Butters Jr.
Gerald R. Butters Jr. is a Professor of History at Aurora University. He is a film historian who specializes on the intersection of race and gender in media. His books include Black Manhood on the Silent Screen and Banned in Kansas. His latest book is entitled From Sweetback to Superfly: Race and Film Spectatorship in Chicago’s Loop, 1970-1975. He is currently editing an anthology on Blaxploitation film.
Erica Chito Childs
Erica Chito Childs, Associate Professor, Hunter College, is a leading qualitative researcher on issues of race, gender and sexuality, particularly in the areas of multiracialism, families, media and popular culture. She is also currently involved in research in urban public schools and childcare options in New York City. She is a popular and engaging speaker and is frequently invited to lecture on multiracial issues in the United States, Britain and South Africa. Her work has also been featured in various media outlets. She is the author of two books, Navigating Interracial Borders: Black-White Couples and Their Social Worlds (Rutgers 2005) and Fade to Black and White: Interracial Images in Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield 2009). Her website is www.ericachitochilds.com
Aymar Jean Christian is an assistant professor of communication at Northwestern University. He is currently at work on a manuscript on the market for web series, based on his dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania. His work on television and new media has been published in the journals Continuum, Transformative Works & Cultures and the Journal of Communication Inquiry. He has produced several video projects, including a web series, She’s Out Of Order, and curated film and video as a fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is a voting member of the International Academy of Web Television and the Streamy Awards Blue Ribbon Panel.
Melissa Click (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include audience and fan studies, ideological analysis of popular culture, particularly concerning messages around gender, race, class, and sexuality. She is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology on Twilight (Peter Lang, May 2010). Her work has been published in NYU’s anthology Fandom (NYU) and in Popular Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Flow.
Cindy Conaway is Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Media Studies and Communications at SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning. She earned her doctorate in American Culture Studies with an emphasis on Media, Film, and Culture from Bowling Green State University. Her primary research concerns teen television and “brainy girls” in media although she is also working in studies of race and television, and new media. Her chapter, “‘You Can See Things that Other People Can’t”: Changing Images of the Girl with Glasses, from Gidget to Daria” appears in the book Geek Chic: Images of Smart Women in Popular Culture edited by Sherrie Inness (Palgrave Macmillan; 2007). She has also been published in the Mid Atlantic Almanack, and is working in a book, Girls Who (Don’t) Wear Glasses: The Smart Teenage Girl on TV in the 1990s.
Shilpa Davé is an Assistant Professor of Asian American and Ethnic Studies in the Department of American Studies at Brandeis University. Professor Davé is the co-editor of EAST MAIN STREET: ASIAN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE (NYU Press 2005). She has published in the fields of Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and Media Studies. She is currently working on a book project that discusses the representations of South Asians in American popular culture.
Faye Davies is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory at the Birmingham School of Media. She joined the University in 2001. Her expertise lies in media and cultural theory, particularly in the areas of television, developing pedagogical approaches for media education and digital cultures. Faye has also presented various papers in the United States on representations of sexuality and the development of media education at conferences across the United Kingdom.
Esteban del Río
Esteban del Río is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. He earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. del Río’s research examines how meaning and power operate in situations of ideological conflict in transnational public and popular culture. His current work focuses on authenticity and appropriation in the articulation of Latinidad and the representation of dissent.
Wheeler Winston Dixon
Wheeler Winston Dixon is the Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Editor in Chief of the Quarterly Review and Film and Video. Dixon teaches courses in film history, theory and criticism at UNL. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Film Criticism. Dixon was a member of the editorial board of Cinema Journal from 2000-2003; he also served as a member of the Executive Council of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies from 2004 through 2006. His most recent books include A History of Horror, Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia, A Short History of Film (co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster), Film Talk, Visions of Paradise, American Cinema of the 1940s: Themes and Variations, Lost in The Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood, Film and Television After 9/11 Straight: Constructions of Heterosexuality in the Cinema and Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader.
Alexander Doty is a professor of Communication and Culture and Gender Studies who teaches and works at the intersection of film/television/popular culture and sexual politics. He has written Making Things Perfectly Queer (1997), Flaming Classics (2000), has co-edited Out in Culture: Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Essays on Popular Culture (1995), and has edited two “Diva Issues” for Camera Obscura. He is currently finishing articles on Mad Men, Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s, “Queer Hitchcock,” and Elizabeth Taylor. If he can ever get out from under, he would like to explore the charms of such semi-forgotton stars as George O’Brien, Ramon Novarro, and Kay Francis–oh, and maybe Shari Lewis.
Dr. Zoe Druick is Associate Professor in Communcation at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include Canadian cultural policy Critical theory Discourse analysis Documentary film Popular culture and media Semiotics Visual technologies. I have published numerous articles on the interrelationship of documentary film and educational media with discourses and practices of democracy. My books include Projecting Canada: Government Policy and Documentary Film at the National Film Board (2007), Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television (with Aspa Kotsopoulos) (2008), and A Married Couple (forthcoming).
Dr Rebecca Feasey is a senior lecturer in Film and Media Communications at Bath Spa University. Her research focuses on representations of gender in popular media culture, film stardom and the contemporary culture of celebrity. Rebecca has recently written a book for Edinburgh University Press entitled Masculinity and Popular Television (2008) and is currently writing a volume on motherhood and the small screen. Her other publications include: Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Journal of Gender Studies and European Journal of Cultural Studies. Rebecca is on the Editorial Board of Celebrity Studies and routinely reviews work for journals such as Feminist Media Studies and the Journal of Gender Studies.
Matthew Ferrari is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. His research focuses on film and television cultures from a transnational framework, with a particular emphasis on mediated sites of primitivism, play, nature, gender, and body genres. Matthew completed a Master’s in Film Studies at Ohio University, and a Bachelor’s in Art History and Visual Culture at Bates College. He has presented his work at ICA, UFVA, NEPCA, and the Flow Conference, among others.
Ted Friedman is Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of Electric Dreams: Computers in American Culture (NYU Press, 2005), which traces the struggles to define the meanings and uses of computers from Charles Babbage’s difference engine to Napster, Linux, and blogs. He is currently working on a book on the politics of Hollywood during the Bush years. His writing on culture, politics and technology has been published in alt.culture, Bad Subjects, Blender, Communication Research, Critical Studies in Media Communication, CyberSociety, Details, Encyclopedia of New Media, First Monday, Nadine, On a Silver Platter, Radio On, SimCity: Mappando la Citta Virtuali, The Source, Spin, Stim ,and Vibe. His website is http://www.tedfriedman.com.
Herman S. Gray
Herman Gray is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California – Santa Cruz, whose research focuses on cultural studies, popular culture, mass communication and minority discourse. He is author of Watching Race: Television and the Sign of Blackness and Cultural Moves: Culture, Identity and the Politics of Representation.
Hollis Griffin is Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at Denison University. He has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Colby College, having earned a doctorate in media & cultural theory at Northwestern, where he won the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Dissertation Prize. Hollis holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell. His research and teaching interests include media historiography, narrative analysis, queer & critical theory, and issues related to emotion, citizenship, and consumer culture. He is currently at work on a book manuscript about queer media, digital technology, and affect called Affective Convergences: Manufactured Feelings in Queer Media Cultures. Hollis has published research in Cinema Journal, Popular Communication, Television & New Media, Velvet Light Trap, Spectator, JumpCut, In Media Res, and the anthology Film and Sexual Politics. From 2007-2009, Hollis held the graduate student seat on the Board of Directors for the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. Prior to beginning his graduate work, Hollis worked in the publishing industry, working for Grove Press, Routledge, Penguin Putnam, W.W. Norton & Company, and Continuum, Inc.
Doyle Green is an independent scholar whose work focuses on an ideological critique of American popular culture through textual analysis and historical contextualization. He is author of several books including Lips, Hips, Tits, Power: The Films of Russ Meyer, Mexploitation Cinema, The Mexican Cinema of Darkness, Politics and the American Television Comedy, The American Worker on Film and is currently working on his book Teens, TV and Tunes: The Manufacturing of American Adolescent Culture.
David Greven is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. His books include Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin (University of Texas Press, 2013), The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender (Ohio State University Press, 2012), Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema: The Woman’s Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror (Palgrave, 2011), Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush (University of Texas Press, 2009), and Men Beyond Desire: Manhood, Sex, and Violation in American Literature (Palgrave, 2005). He is on the editorial boards of Cinema Journal and Genders and is currently working on a book about post-millennial Hollywood masculinity called Ghost Faces.
Hannah Hamad is Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University in New Zealand. She completed her PhD in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK in 2008. The dissertation is a feminist critique of the representation of postfeminist fatherhood in contemporary Hollywood cinema, as articulated through the personae of major male stars. Her research interests include feminism and postfeminism in film and television cultures, particularly postfeminist masculinity; stardom and celebrity in contemporary popular culture; and gender and reality TV.
Black Hawk Hancock
Black Hawk Hancock is an associate professor in Sociology at DePaul University. His ethnographic research on race and culture has been published in journals such as Sociological Perspectives, Qualitative Sociology and Ethnography. His book American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination is forthcoming at The University of Chicago Press.
Robert Hariman and John Lucaites
Robert Hariman is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. John Louis Lucaites is a professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. They are the authors of No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007) and the blog nocaptionneeded.com.
Amelie Hastie is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film and Media Studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection, and Film History (Duke UP, 2007) and The Bigamist (BFI Classics, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009); the editor of a special issue of Journal of Visual Culture on Detritus and the Moving Image; and the curator of a project entitled Objects of Media Studies for the on-line journal Vectors. Her work has also appeared in arts and academic journals such as Cabinet, Camera Obscura, Film History, Framework, and Screen, and in anthologies on film history and television studies. She is currently at work on a book about the television series Columbo.
Jonathan Hickman and Jennifer M. Jones
Jonathan Hickman is a lecturer and researcher at Birmingham City University and a member of the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research.
http://www.theplan.co.uk. Jennifer M. Jones is a feral educationalist who mostly works for School of Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland but she lives in the East Midlands and teaches in the West Midlands of England.
Lucas Hilderbrand is assistant professor in film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine and author of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright. His research focuses on media, queer popular cultures, and documentary.
Julia Himberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is currently turning her dissertation, “Producing Lesbianism: Television, Niche Marketing, and Sexuality in the 21st Century,” into a book manuscript. The project examines the cultural, political, and economic dynamics at play in the production of contemporary lesbian TV images. Her areas of scholarly interest include feminist theory, critical race theory, queer theory, television studies, industry studies, as well as marketing and consumer culture. She is the editor of “Race, Sexuality, & Television,” a special issue of Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television Criticism and her work on TV advertising has been published in The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture.
A Faculty Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi, Dale Hudson’s research interests include transnational, postcolonial, and global cinemas as well as nonwestern film theory and criticism. His recent publications have focused on film in the digital era and the transnational cinema, and he has curated online new media exhibitions for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Hudson is currently at work on a study of the impact of global access to new digital technologies as a means to create bases of knowledge outside of the structure of the nation-state. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Anikó Imre is an Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California. Her publications on media globalization, media education, consumption and mobility, identity and play have appeared in Screen, Camera Obscura, Framework, Third Text, CineAction, Signs, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and numerous book collections. She is the author of Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Post-Communist Media Cultures (MIT Press, 2009), editor of East European Cinemas (AFI Film Readers, Routledge, 2005), co-editor of Transnational Feminism in Film and Media (Palgrave, 2007), co-editor of a special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Media Globalization and Post-Socialist Identities (May 2009), and co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Media Studies, entitled Transcultural Feminist Mediations (December 2009).
Ann Johnson (PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at California State University Long Beach. Her research addresses the evolution of popular culture in response to criticism from various groups. Her work includes analysis of television content, including “The Man Show,” “Cops,” and “World’s Wildest Police Videos.” Her current work the rhetorical and political challenges faced by entertainers who enter the world of politics.
Michael Kackman’s primary teaching and research interests include the history of US broadcasting, American national culture and identity, the relationship of film and television to US foreign policy, and popular history and memory practices. He is the author of Citizen Spy: Television, Espionage, and Cold War Culture, published by the University of Minnesota Press, a cultural and industrial history of US television espionage programs of the 1950s and 1960s. His work has also been published in Cinema Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, and the Encyclopedia of Television. He is currently researching the development of international syndication practices for the children’s Western Hopalong Cassidy in the 1950s, and is co-writing a book on television historiography.
Lisa W. Kelly
Lisa Kelly is a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are Television genre, particularly the sitcom, and television aesthetics. Media institutions and representations of race and gender in film and television. Her forthcoming publications include ‘Challenging Sitcom Conventions: From The Larry Sanders Show to The Comeback’. In Marc Leverette, Brian L. Ott, and Cara Louise Buckley (eds.) It’s Not TV: Watching HBO in the Post-Television Era. Routledge.
Andrew King is a media studies scholar who has worked as a market researcher in Thailand and a Burmese interpreter in Australia. His current academic research explores how changes in commercial media has enabled new forms of interpersonal relationships between members of different communities. He has published a number of articles about mainstream representations of Indigenous people, sexuality and cultural citizenship, and is currently working on a market research style project which aims to survey the Indigenous creative industries in Australia.
Amanda Ann Klein
Amanda Ann Klein is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the Department of English at East Carolina University. She has published essays on television (Deadwood, Veronica Mars, The Hills, and The Wire) and cinema (the films of Jean-Luc Godard and David Cronenberg) in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Jump Cut, Excavatio, and in several edited anthologies. Her book, The American Film Cycle and its Audience, will be published by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2011. She blogs at: http://judgmentalobserver.wordpress.com/
Melanie E. S. Kohnen
Melanie E. S. Kohnen is Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech. Her current book project examines the intersecting discourses of queer visibility, whiteness and citizenship in contemporary American film and television. She is also interested in digital media and participatory culture.
Jon Kraszewski is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Seton Hall University. He writes about cultural production in the media industries, race and reality TV, and the cultural geography of mediated sports. His first book, The New Entrepreneurs: An Institutional History of Television Anthology Writers (Wesleyan University Press), is coming out in the fall of 2010.
Tama Leaver teaches Internet Communications at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. He received his PhD from The University of Western Australia in 2006 and has published in a range of journals from Media International Australia and Comparative Literature Studies to Reconstruction and the Fibreculture journal. Tama’s research interests include participatory culture, social media, science fiction, popular culture and open education. Tama has been blogging since 2003 and his main web presence is www.tamaleaver.net.
Peter Lehman and Susan Hunt
Peter Lehman is the Director of the Center for Film Media and Popular Culture at Arizona State University, Tempe. He is author of Running Scared: Masculinity and the Representation of the Male Body, New Edition and Roy Orbison: The Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity and coauthor of Thinking about Movies: Watching Questioning, Enjoying, Third Edition; Blake Edwards; Returning to the Scene, Blake Edwards, Vol. 2.; and Authorship and Narrative in the Cinema. He is editor of Pornography: Film and Culture, Defining Cinema, and Close Viewings: An Anthology of New Film Criticism and coeditor of The Searchers: Essays and Reflections on John Ford’s Classic Western. He is a former president of the Society for Film and Media Studies.
Becky Lentz is an Assistant Professor in Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, specializing in the area of media and public policy. She is also affiliated with Media@McGill – a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture. Research and teaching interests include: Critical/comparative perspectives on communications regulation; Discourse and social change, Civil society engagement in ICT policy. Current courses include Information Society Discourse and Social Change, Special Topics on Political Economy of Communications Policy (Class blog site under construction),
Transnational Activism on Information Society Policy Issues (graduate level).
Randy Lewis is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of three books on independent media, including the forthcoming Navajo Talking Picture: Cinema on Native Ground. He is also co-producer of the documentary film, Texas Tavola: A Taste of Sicily in the Lone Star State.
In addition to exploring new trends in cinema, Dr. Lewis has also written about art and literature, including an article on Cherokee painter Leon Polk Smith in American Indian Quarterly and a co-edited book with Thomas F. Staley on the writer Stuart Gilbert, who was part of James Joyce’s circle of intellectuals in Paris in the 1920s. Dr. Lewis’s current research is taking him in several directions: the politics of The Dark Knight, Italian photography, surveillance studies, the cinema of Alex Cox, and the “prankster ethics” of Borat. He is also continuing to write about indigenous media for reasons both intellectual and political. His current book project, Navajo Talking Picture: Cinema on Native Ground, examines the intersection of cinema and Navajo culture over the past hundred years, moving across nearly a century of southwestern cinema.
In addition to writing, Dr. Lewis has a strong interest in film production. His most recent project is a documentary co-produced with Dr. Circe Sturm that explores the cultural connections between Sicily and East Texas, something that piqued his interest after a year teaching as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Catania, Sicily. Their film is called Texas Tavola: A Taste of Sicily in the Lone Star State and has been screened at a number of universities and conferences.
Bliss Cua Lim
Bliss Cua Lim is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Ph.D. Visual Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic and Temporal Critique (Duke University Press, 2009). She works on temporality, taste, Philippine cinema, postcolonial feminist film theory, transnational horror, and the fantastic. She is guest editing a special journal issue of Discourse on “Translation and Embodiment in Asian Film and Media”, forthcoming in 2010.
Akira Mizuta Lippit
Akira Mizuta Lippit is Professor of Cinema, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife (Minnesota, 2000) and Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) (Minnesota, 2005).
Christopher Lockett is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has written on a wide variety of topics, including the U.S. Cold War, film adaptation, conspiracy and paranoia, and contemporary American fiction. He is currently at work on a book titled HBO’s America: Television, Culture, History. You can read his blog, An
Ontarian in Newfoundland, at newnewfie.blogspot.com.
Kelli Marshall is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toledo who writes and teaches on film and Shakespeare. Her most recent projects include an essay on current films that close with musical numbers, a study of Humphrey Bogart’s star image in light of Lauren Bacall’s autobiography, and an in-depth look at the documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars. She blogs at http://kellimarshall.net/unmuzzledthoughts.
Adrienne L. McLean
Adrienne L. McLean is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2008). She is currently co-editing, with Murray Pomerance, a nine-volume series called Star Decades (also for
Denise Mann is the Head of the UCLA Producers Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. She wrote Hollywood Independents – The Postwar Talent Takeover (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), and co-edited (with Lynn Spigel) Private Screenings: Television & the Female Consumer (University of Minnesota Press, 1992). She has book chapters in: John Caldwell, Miranda Banks, Vicki Mayer, eds., Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Film, Television, and New Media Work Worlds (forthcoming); and Daniel Bernardi, ed., Different Visions, Revolutionary Perceptions: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Work of Contemporary Filmmakers (forthcoming). Mann served as an associate editor on Camera Obscura, a journal of feminism and film theory, for six years (1986-1992).
Ernest Mathijs is Associate Professor and director of the Centre for Cinema Studies at the University of British Columbia. His main research is on the reception of cult cinema and reality-television. He has published on audience responses to The Lord of the Rings, Big Brother, and a score of horror and cult films. His most recent book is a monograph on the reception of the films of David Cronenberg. He co-directs the book series Cultographies.
Irina D. Mihalache
Irina D. Mihalache is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Communications at the American University of Paris. In January 2013, she will join the iSchool at the University of Toronto as Assistant Professor. Dr. Mihalache’s research interests include museum studies, food cultures, space theory and television studies. She is currently working on a series of articles which explore: narratives of colonialism in French post-colonial museums, the significance of eating spaces in cultural institutions and theorizations of the kitchen. She has published articles on post-colonial food in France and eating spaces in French museum.
Kiri Miller is Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University. She holds the Ph.D. in Music ethnomusicology) from Harvard University. Her research interests include musical technocultures, media reception, performance studies, and the ethnography of dispersed communities. She is the author of Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Her current book project focuses on virtual performance, with case studies on Grand Theft Auto, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and music pedagogy on YouTube. You can find her blog at http://guitarheroresearch.blogspot.com.
Dr. Konrad Ng is a professor of creative media at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. His research explores the relationship between contemporary Asian American identity and new media civic engagement. Formerly, Ng was the festival coordinator for the Hawaii International Film Festival, Curator of Film and Video at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Acting Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Dr. Ng serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Film Initiative and the Center for Asian American Media.
David Parry is an assistant professor of emerging media at the University of Texas at Dallas. His work focuses on analyzing how literacy, knowledge, and knowledge institutions change as we move from analog to digital structures. He has published and presented on areas ranging from digital games to Wikipedia and microblogging. He can be found online at OutsidetheText, Academhack or twitter.com/academicdave.
Murray Pomerance is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Media Studies Working Group, at Ryerson University. His Ici Commence Johnny Depp was published by Éditions Capricci in April 2010 and his book Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue: Eight Reflections on Cinema is forthcoming from University of California Press. He has edited or co-edited numerous volumes, including A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home (Wallflower 2008), City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination (Rutgers 2007), and Cinema and Modernity (Rutgers 2006), to mention a few. In August 2009, he appeared on Broadway in conjunction with a performance of The 39 Steps. He is editor of the Horizons of Cinema series at State University of New York Press and, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, co-editor of both the Screen Decades and Star Decades series at Rutgers University Press.
Aswin Punathambekar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His research and teaching revolve around globalization, cultural industries, inter-media relations, media history, and public culture with a focus on South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. He is co-editor of Global Bollywood (NYU Press, 2008) and is currently writing a book about the globalization of Indian film and television. He blogs about these and other topics at Bollyspace 2.0 (http://bollyspace.wordpress.com).
Christine Quail is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at SUNY-Oneonta. She is the author of Vulture Culture: The Politics and Pedagogy of Daytime Television Talk Shows, with Kathalene Razzano and Loubna Skalli. New York: Peter Lang. 2005. Her interests include Political Economy of Communication, Media History, Television Studies, Community Communication Infrastructure, Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, Religion in media, Youth Culture, Critical Cultural Pedagogy, and Media Literacy.
Dr. Russo, Associate Professor, Catholic University of America, received his BA in History and American Studies from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D in American Civilization from Brown University. His book Points on the Dial: Golden Age Radio beyond the Networks (Duke UP: 2010) examines the origins of the musically oriented, market defined formats of much of the last fifty years of radio programming. Dr. Russo’s publications include a contribution on race and the public sphere in 1930s radio serial The Green Hornet in The Radio Reader and an article on sound-on-disc transcriptions and rhetoric of radio liveness in The Velvet Light Trap.
Andrew Scahill is an assistant professor at George Mason University. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in the Radio-Television-Film department. His current research focuses on the representation of childhood and science fiction, and he previously published work on disability and eugenics, queer spectatorship, Cold War culture, children’s media, Japanese cinema, and contemporary horror.
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Celine Parreñas Shimizu is Associate Professor of Asian American, Film and Media, Feminist Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 2009-10, she is a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.
Robert Sickels is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Whitman College. During the 2010 spring semester he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Hong Kong. He’s published numerous articles on various aspects of cinema and is the editor of the three volume set The Business of Entertainment: Film, TV, and Popular Music (Praeger, 2008). His next book, American Cinema in the Digital Age (Praeger), will be published in December of 2010.
Greg Siegel’s essays have appeared in the journals Art & Text, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Discourse, Grey Room, and Television & New Media, as well as in the edited collections Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions (Wesleyan University Press, 2005) and Television: The Critical View, 7th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2007). He is co-editor of “Cinema and Accident,” a special issue of Discourse (Fall 2008), and is currently writing Forensic Media, a book on the use of media technologies for scientific crash analysis and accident investigation. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Nicole Starosielski, Assistant Professor, Miami University, published an essay on DVD stores in Fiji (Things & Movies) in Media Fields Journal, and an essay on environmental animation (”Movements that are Drawn”: A History of Environmental Animation for The Lorax to FernGully to Avatar) in the International Communication Gazette. She is currently conducting research for a book project, Media under Water: Friction, Flow, and the Cultural Geographies of Undersea Cables. This project traces the social and cultural dimensions of undersea communications cables and their relationships with other media infrastructures in the Pacific Rim. She focuses specifically on the hubs that have historically facilitated transpacific traffic, including Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, and New Zealand.
Jonathan Sterne teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is author of The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003), MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke, forthcoming summer 2012), and many essays on media, technologies and the politics of culture. Also, he is editing the Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, Spring 2012), and a feature special section of the International Journal of Communication on the politics of academic labor in communication studies. http://sterneworks.org
Janani Subramanian is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Critical Studies, at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is the editor of the forthcoming “Post-Identity” issue of Spectator, The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television Criticism. Her research interests include race and representation in science fiction, fantasy and horror, critical race theory, popular culture, and histories of technology and science.
Meghan Sutherland is Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at Oklahoma State University and a co-editor of the journal World Picture. She is also the author of The Flip Wilson Show (Wayne State University Press, 2008), which deals with the history and politics of black performance in the comedy-variety genre, and her essays on the relationship between media, politics, and philosophy have appeared in various journals and edited anthologies. Her interests include the nature of the relation between aesthetic and political theories and practices of representation; the affinity between spectacular modes of entertainment and discourses of democracy in television and new media entertainment modes; and the role that popular media play in the ontological constitution of social relations. She is currently working on a book about variety entertainment that examines these very same issues by reading the stylistic codes of the most wonderfully trashy television and stage spectacles imaginable–from vaudeville to America’s Got Talent–in tandem with political philosophies of liberalism and populism–from John Stuart Mill to George Bataille and Ernesto Laclau.
Yvonne Tasker is a professor in the School of Film and Television at the University of East Anglia. Her research and teaching interests concern the politics of popular culture, encompassing questions of gender, race and sexuality. Most recently, Tasker has explored these issues in relation to popular constructions of “postfeminism,” gender and military culture on screen, action and adventure narratives and crime television genres. Her latest publications include ‘Vision and Visability: Women Filmakers, Contemporary Authorship and Feminist Film Studies’ (2010), ‘Comic Situations/Endless War: MASH and war as entertainment’ (2009), and ‘”Practically Perfect People: Postfeminism, Masculinity and Male Parenting in Contemporary Cinema”‘ (2008).
Sasha Torres is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where she teaches media studies, critical theory and cultural studies. Her research focuses on American television’s representations of contemporary politics, race, gender and sexuality.
She is the author of Black, White and In Color: Television and Black Civil Rights and editor of Living Color: Race and Television in the United States, as well as a number of articles on television’s mediation of social difference. She was a co-editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies from 1993-2008, and has served on the editorial boards of GLQ, Meridians, Aztlán and Television and New Media.
Graeme Turner is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is currently working on a large transnational study of post-broadcast television. His most recent publications are Television Studies after TV: Understanding television in the post-broadcast era (co-edited with Jinna Tay) (Routledge, 2009) and Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (Sage, 2010).
Fan Yang is Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research and teaching interests include globalization and media, media in modern and contemporary China, and visual culture. Some of her scholarship can be found in Theory, Culture & Society (in press), positions: asia critique (forthcoming), antiTHESIS, Flow TV and Public. She joined UMBC in 2011 after obtaining her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University, where she was the recipient of a High Potential Fellowship. She also holds an MA from the Ohio State University and a BA from Fudan University, Shanghai.