Author Bios for Volume 10 – current
(Author bios for Volumes 1-9 available here)
Dr. Paul Achter is an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies at the University of Richmond. He has written for CNN.com and for scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, the Southern Communication Journal, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. Achter teaches courses in rhetorical criticism, public address, war rhetoric, and media criticism. His current research project is a rhetorical analysis of state and ruling class responses to dissent over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
Omar Al-Ghazzi is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. His research interests include global communications, Arab journalism, and the political significance of popular culture. His dissertation examines Arab discourses on memory and history and their relation to collective action. His work has appeared inPopular Communication, International Journal of Communication, and Media, Culture and Society. A former Fulbright fellow, Omar comes from a journalism and media analysis professional background and has previously worked for the BBC and Al-Hayat Arabic daily.
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.
John R. Barner
John R. Barner is a writer, teacher and musician living in Athens, Georgia. His writing can be found in the book Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan’s Road from Minnesota to the World (2009: University of Minnesota Press), the journal Anobium and the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper. He is author and co-founder of the web essay series Holmes Under the Glass. Write to him at email@example.com
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.
Christine Becker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame specializing in film and television history and critical analysis. Her book It’s the Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) won the 2011 IAMHIST Michael Nelson Prize for a Work in Media and History. She is currently working on a research project comparing contemporary American and British television production and programming. She is also the Associate Online Editor for Cinema Journal and runs the News For TV Majors blog.
Dr. Ralph Beliveau teaches in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on critical media literacy and learning, documentary theory production and history, media criticism, film/video studies, popular culture, and rhetorical criticism. He has written about network society, documentary rhetoric, horror media, The Wire, African American biographical documentaries, Alex Cox, Supernatural, Richard Matheson and Paolo Freire and media literacy. At the University of Iowa he completed his Ph.D. and a Certificate in the Rhetoric of Inquiry, and received a B.S. in media production from Northwestern University. He ran an FM radio and cable television program while teaching at a high school on the Southwest side of Chicago, and worked in L.A. in independent film and television production. He has taught about British, Scottish, French, and Italian popular and media cultures. He is currently working on a documentary about documentary filmmakers.
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).
Paul Booth is an assistant professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. He is the author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies, which examines fans of cult television programs, Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television, which examines representations of time travel on television, and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who. His newest book,Media Play, will be published in early 2015 by the University of Iowa Press. He is currently enjoying a cup of coffee.
Daren C. Brabham, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California and the founding editor of Case Studies in Strategic Communication. He was the first to publish scholarly research using the word “crowdsourcing,” and his research focuses on how to transform the business model of crowdsourcing into a problem solving and public participation method for the public good. He is the author of the book Crowdsourcing (MIT Press, 2013) and more than a dozen articles and chapters on crowdsourcing and online communities in publications such as Convergence; Information, Communication & Society; Planning Theory; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; and Journal of Applied Communication Research. He holds a B.A. from Trinity University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah, and was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2010 to 2013. His website is www.darenbrabham.com
Stephen Brauer is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at St. John Fisher College. He previously held the positions of Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences from 2008-2012 and Associate Dean of First-Year Programs from 2004-2008. He teaches courses focused on American literature, American Culture of the twentieth century, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and cultural theory.
Brauer has published articles on Fitzgerald’s _The Great Gatsby_, Faulkner’s _Sanctuary_, David Fincher’s film version of _Fight Club_, the cultural reception of crime fiction of the 1930s, and the state of cultural criticism focused on crime narratives. He is at work on a manuscript on the representation of criminals and the concept of criminality in America in the twentieth century.
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. is a Professor of History at Aurora University. His research focuses on the intersection of race and gender in American popular culture. His books include “From Sweetback to Super Fly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago’s Loop, 1970-1975,” (2014), “Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966,” (2007) and “Black Manhood on the Silent Screen” (2007). A Fulbright scholar, Butters has lectured in Romania, Canada, Luxembourg and before the European Community. He is presently editing a volume on Blaxploitation film.
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.
Kathleen Collins is an academic librarian at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She has written about food, popular culture, television and media history in both the scholarly and popular press. Her publications includeWatching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum, 2009); several columns for Flow; articles about Edward R. Murrow, Dione Lucas, Archie Bunker and book reviews on television topics for Journal of Mass Communication Quarterly. She is currently writing a book about Dr. Joyce Brothers.
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.
J.D. Connor is assistant professor of the History of Art and Film Studies at Yale. His bookThe Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood 1970–2010 is forthcoming from Stanford UP in 2014. Also in the pipeline are a book called Hollywood Math and Aftermath, a history of tape recording called Archives of the Ambient, and essays on Tony Scott and tax incentives. He is a member of the steering committee of Post45, a group of scholars of American lit and culture (post45.org).
Bridget is a lecturer in the Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London and has previously taught at Goldsmiths College, Middlesex University and AUT University in Auckland. She has recently completed her first monograph, Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice (Routledge, forthcoming 2014). Her previous work focused on the globalisation of theNew Zealand film industry and the production of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Lisa Coulthard is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of British Columbia. She has published widely on contemporary European and American cinemas and is currently completing a manuscript on music and sound in the films of Tarantino, titled The Super Sounds of Quentin Tarantino.
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 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.
Jennifer deWinter is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and faculty in the Interactive Media and Game Development program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She teaches courses on game studies, visual and digital rhetoric, and game production and management. Additionally, she co-directs and teaches in the Professional Writing program. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Works and Days, The Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, Eludamos, Computers and Composition, and Rhetoric Review. Additionally, she is co-editing the soon to be published book _Computer Games and Technical Communication: Critical Methods and Applications at the Intersection_ with Ashgate’s series in Technical Communication and she is the editor for the textbook _Videogames_ for Fountainhead. Finally, in collaboration with Carly A Kocurek, she is launching a new book series with Bloomsbury on Influential Game Designers for which she is writing the inaugural book on Shigeru Miyamoto.
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).
Michael D. Dwyer is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communication at Arcadia University, teaching courses in film, media studies, and cultural studies. His first book, Back to the Fifties (forthcoming from Oxford University Press) centers on the function of fifties nostalgia in the films and pop music of the Reagan Era. Other publications and presentations include an examination of the collaboration of Sadie Benning and Kathleen Hanna, the status of fandom in contemporary media studies, and cultural geography in the films of Alfred Hitchcock. More at michaelddwyer.com and on Twitter @popthought.
Waqar Ahmed Fahad is a Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Communication Studies at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. His research is focused on the stereotypical representations of Muslim Minority Community in mainstream Indian ( Hindi) Cinema. Waqar received his Post Graduation in Media Governance from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, and at present working as Research Associate cum Special officer to CEO, Prasar Bharati (India’s Public Service Broadcaster). In the past, he taught Journalism & Media courses in universities of Delhi, India. He had also served in a couple of media houses too before joining Broadcasting Industry.
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.
Reighan Gillam received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her dissertation, “The Revolution Will Be Televised: Afro-Brazilian Media Production in São Paulo, Brazil” documents the work of the TV da Gente (Our TV) television network, hailed as the first network in Brazil to include equal racial representation as part of its mission. She argues that media workers at TV da Gente extended the field of racial politics from the state and NGOs to the mediated arena of commercial television by producing images of Afro-Brazilians that deviated from and opposed mainstream public representations of blackness. Overall, her dissertation contends that commercial television acts as a new site of and resource for black cultural politics in Brazil. Her work is published in Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences (Rutgers University Press 2013) and in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.
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.
Brad Gyori is a Film and Broadcast instructor at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in downtown Chicago. He has been a media scholar since 2007 and has also worked as a writer-producer for such networks as MTV, VH1, FX, E! and HBO online. For 10 years, he was the head writer of the Emmy award winning Talk Soup. He has been nominated for 5 Emmys and holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University. His research interests include new media rituals and project-based learning models. His work has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Flow and The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning.
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.
Kevin Hamilton (@complexfields) is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he holds appointments in the School of Art and Design and the program in Media and Cinema Studies. Working largely in collaborative and cross-disciplinary settings, Kevin produces artworks, archives, and scholarship on such subjects as race and space, public memory, history of technology, and state-mediated violence. He is currently at work on a history of Lookout Mountain Laboratories, an Air Force film production unit active during the height of the Cold War. Kevin is currently Deputy Executive Editor of Media-N, the Journal of the New Media Caucus. At Illinois he also serves as a Dean’s Fellow for Research in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, as Coordinator of Digital Scholarly Communication for the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and as Co-Director of the Center for People and Infrastructures.
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 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.
Nina B. Huntemann, Ph.D. is an associate professor of media studies at Suffolk University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, culture and technology, applying feminist theory and cultural production perspectives to the industrial and social practices of digital gaming. She has published and delivered public lectures about videogames and militarism, the representation of femininity and masculinity in games, gendered labor in videogame hardware production and promotion, and misogyny in gamer culture. She has co-edited two books: Gaming Globally: Production, Play and Place (Palgrave, 2013) and Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010). From 2013-2016, she is serving as the book review editor for Critical Studies in Media Communication. Her full CV and current research projects are available at www.mediacritica.net.
Brett Hutchins is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Associate Professor in Communications and Media Studies in the School of Media, Film & Journalism at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His recent co-authored and edited books include Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power and Culture in the Network Society (with David Rowe; Routledge 2013), Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (with David Rowe; Routledge 2012), and Environmental Conflict and the Media (with Libby Lester; Peter Lang 2013).
Anikó Imre is an Associate Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California. Her work revolves around global media, with a special interest in (post)socialist Europe. Her books include Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe; Transnational Feminism in Film and Media; East European Cinemas; Blackwell Companion to Eastern European Cinemas; and Popular Television in Eastern Europe During and After Socialism.
Samuel Jay is ABD in the Department of Communication Studiesat the University of Denver where I study Rhetoric and minor in Emergent Digital Practices. His research is formulated at the intersection of rhetoric, digital media, and affect. Specifically, he focuses on the role media users play in their own subjectification and the implications for governance found in the creation and circulation of rhetoric (in all forms) that transmits affective energies and creates economic value in today’s communication environment.
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.
Ralina L. Joseph, associate professor in UW’s Department of Communication and adjunct associate professor in the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and B. A. in American Civilization from Brown University. Ralina’s first book, Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial (Duke University Press, 2013), critiques anti-Black racism in mixed-race African American representations in the decade leading up to Obama’s 2008 election. She is currently working on her second book project, Screening Strategic Ambiguity: Black Women, Television Culture and the PostIdentity Dance, an examination of African American women’s negotiation of “postidentity,” the ostensibly “after” moment of racism and sexism, and race- and gender-based identities.
Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1995), Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, co-edited with Jesse Lerner (Minnesota, 2005), Learning from YouTube (MIT Press, 2011) and is currently editing, with Alisa Lebow, a Blackwell Companion on documentary, and with Yvonne Welbon, Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of African-American Lesbian Filmmaking. Dr. Juhasz is also the producer of educational videotapes on feminist issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy. She has directed the feature documentaries SCALE: Measuring Might in the Media Age (2008), Video Remains (2005), Dear Gabe (2003) and Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video (1998), and the shorts RELEASED: 5 Short Videos about Women and Film (2000) and Naming Prairie (2001), a Sundance Film Festival, 2002, official selection. She is the producer of the feature films The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1997) and The Owls (Dunye, 2010). Her current work is on and about feminist Internet culture including YouTube (www.aljean.wordpress.com) and feminist pedagogy and community (www.feministonlinespaces.com). With Anne Balsamo, she is co-facilitator of the network, FemTechNet, which is debuting its feminist rethinking of a MOOC, a Distributed Online Open Course (DOCC 2013), “Dialogues in Feminist Technology” in Fall 2013: http://femtechnet.newschool.edu.
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.
Mary Celeste Kearney is Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Television and Senior Fellow in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her PhD from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and has taught also at the University of Texas at Austin. Trained in film, television, and cultural studies, Mary’s research focuses primarily on gender, youth, and media culture. She is author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006) and editor of Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture (Peter Lang, 2011) and The Gender and Media Reader (Routledge, 2011). Her essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Journal for Children and Media, and the NWSA Journal. She is a Console-ing Passions board member and Founding Director of Cinemakids, a program for inspiring young media producers.
Dawn Keetley teaches horror /gothic literature, film, and television at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. She has recently published on FX’s American Horror Story in Gothic Studies (2013) and on Stephen King’s Cell and Romero’s Diary of the Dead in Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (2012). She is the editor of “We’re All Infected”: Essays on AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Fate of the Human (McFarland, 2014) and is working on a book on nineteenth-century murderer, Jesse Pomeroy, as well as a series of essays on posthuman horror in film and television.
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 is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the English Department of East Carolina University. She is the author of American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social Problems, & Defining Subcultures (University of Texas Press, 2011). Her work on film and television has been published in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Jump Cut, Flow, Antenna, MediaCommons and several edited anthologies. She also blogs regularly about film, television and popular culture at Judgmental Observer (http://judgmentalobserver.com).
Dr Simone Knox is Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Reading, UK. Her main research interests lie in the analysis of television and film, especially aesthetics and medium specificity (including convergence culture), the transnationalisation of film and television (particularly audio-visual translation, such as dubbing and subtitling), and representations of the body. She has published in journals including the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Critical Studies in Television, Film Criticism and the New Review of Film and Television Studies. She is ECREA editor for Critical Studies in Television.
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.
Carly A. Kocurek is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Her research focuses on the culture and history of video gaming. Her book, a cultural history of the video game arcade in the United States, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Previous work has appeared in Game Studies, The Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, Flow, In Media Res, and The New Everyday and the anthologiesBefore the Crash: An Anthology of Early Video Game History (Wayne State University Press, 2012), Gaming Globally: Production, Play, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), andComputer Games and Technical Communication: Critical Methods and Applications at the Intersection (Ashgate, 2013).
Derek Kompare is an Associate Professor in the Division of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches courses on media histories, industries, and cultures, generally involving television, the internet, comics, video games, and even film. He is the author of Rerun Nation: How Repeats Invented American Television (Routledge, 2005), CSI (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and many journal and anthology articles on television form and history. Alongside Derek Johnson and Avi Santo, he also co-edited the 2014 NYU Press anthology Making Media Work: Cultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries. He can often be found on Twitter: @d_kompare.
Peter Krapp is Professor of Film & Media / Visual Studies at UC Irvine, where he is also a member of the English Department (both in the School of Humanities) and of the Department of Informatics (in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences). He co-edited Medium Cool (Duke University Press, 2002: SAQ 101:3), and is the author of Deja Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2004) and of Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2011), as well as a number of articles and book chapters on media theory, film, machinima, gaming, secret communication, and digital culture in various anthologies and journals (including Afterimage, Augenblick, German Law Journal, Grey Room, Lusitania, Oxford Literary Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Thesis Eleven). For academic year 2013-1014, he was elected Chair of the UC Irvine Academic Senate.
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.
Shanti Kumar is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film, and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Asian Studies, the Center for Asian-American Studies and the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the University of Texas in 2006, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of North Texas in Denton. He is the author of Gandhi Meets Primetime: Globalization and Nationalism in Indian Television (University of Illinois Press, 2006), and co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (NYU Press, 2003), Television at Large in South Asia (Routledge, 2012) and Global Communication: New Agendas in Communication (Routledge, 2013). He has published book chapters in several edited anthologies and articles in journals such as BioScope, Jump Cut, Popular Communication, South Asian Journal, South Asian Popular Culture, Television and New Media andQuarterly Review of Film and Video.
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 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).
Suzanne Leonard is Associate Professor of English at Simmons College, where she coordinates the minor in Cinema and Media Studies. She is the author of Fatal Attraction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Fifty Hollywood Directors (Routledge). Her specialties include feminist media studies, American film and television studies, and contemporary women’s literature, and her articles have appeared in Signs, Feminist Media Studies, Genders, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, as well as in various anthologies.
Julia Lesage is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and a co-founder and editor of Jump Cut, available online at ejumpcut.org
Rob Leurs received his PhD (2006) from the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004 he researches and lectures at the department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His fields of interest are media theory, cultural studies, and the discursive constructions of public opinion.
Rob Leurs is affiliated with the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. His research focuses on media constructions of morality, moral deviation, and genocide trials in particular. For further information, see www.RobLeurs.com.
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 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 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 is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the author of _Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema_ (2008) and _Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom_ (2004) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has edited or co-edited several anthologies, the most recent being _Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film_ (2014); and she was the co-editor, with Murray Pomerance, of the ten-volume series “Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema” (2009-2012). She is currently working on a book called _Movie Star Looks: Makeup and Hair in the Studio Era_ (Rutgers University Press).
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.
Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School. She’s written about archives, libraries, and other media-architectures; media infrastructures; place branding; public design projects; multisensoriality; and media exhibition. She’s the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (Minnesota 2007), and of numerous articles and chapters for edited collections. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Korea Foundation. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.
Vicki Mayer is Professor of Communication at Tulane University. She writes broadly on media industries and production and consumption cultures. Her complete c.v. and samples of her writings can be found at: https://tulane.academia.edu/VickiMayer.
Erin A. Meyers is an Assistant Professor in the Communication & Journalism Department at Oakland University. She holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies with a focus on Gender Representation in Popular Media from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has published articles on the intersections of celebrity, new media and audience cultures in Celebrity Studies, New Media & Society and Flow. Her book exploring the rise of celebrity gossip blogs, Dishing Dirt in the Digital Age: Celebrity Gossip Blogs and Participatory Media Culture, was published by Peter Lang in 2013.
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.
Taylor Cole Miller (University of Wisconsin-Madison) researches and writes about queer and feminist media studies, television, and syndication. He has forthcoming book chapters on bisexual reception ofGlee and the mediated mourning of Whitney Houston. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter @taycole.
Mara Mills is an Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University who works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. She’s completing a book (On the Phone: Deafness and Communication Engineering) on the significance of phonetics and deaf education to the emergence of “communication engineering” in early twentieth-century telephony; this concept and set of practices later gave rise to information theory, digital coding, and cybernetics. Her second book project, Print Disability and New Reading Formats, examines the reformatting of print over the course of the past century by blind and other print disabled readers, with a focus on Talking Books and electronic reading machines.
Horace Newcomb is the Director Emeritus of the George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. He is the author of TV: The Most Popular Art (1974), co-author of The Producer’s Medium (1983) and editor of seven editions of Television: The Critical View (1976-2001). He is the editor of the Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television. He has taught at colleges and universities in Iowa, Michigan, Maryland and Texas as well as the University of Georgia and has lectured widely in the U.S. and internationally.
Michael Z. Newman, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has contributed to Flow since 2006. He is the author of Indie: An American Film Culture and Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium, and co-author with Elana Levine of Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status. He has also written many essays on cinema, television, video games, and new media. Because his parents would not buy him an Atari in 1983, he is working on a cultural history of early video games. Blog, twitter, tumblr.
Eve Ng is an assistant professor jointly appointed in Women & Gender Studies and Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University. She examines cultural and political formations of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation, considering how identities and communities are defined and contested through media and culture. Her focus is on television and new media, both as significant forms of visual culture and as sites of ongoing economic, cultural, and technological transformations. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and also has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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.
Lia Parks, Ph.D. is Professor and former chair of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society at UC Santa Barbara. She is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual, and Coverage: Verticality and Media after 9/11 (forthcoming), and is co-editor of Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and Cultures, Planet TV: A Global Television Reader, and two new books in progress, Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures and Life in the Age of Drones. Parks has held invited fellowships and residencies at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, McGill University, and the Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine. She is currently PI on major grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the US State Department, involving research in the areas of ICTD and Internet freedom.
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.
Shayne Pepper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. His research agenda is at the intersection of popular media, political activism, and public service. In particular, Shayne studies how film, television, and new media technologies are used to foster political activism and affect public policy. His work has also appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Nebula, and several edited collections. He is working on a book project about HBO’s HIV/AIDS programming.
Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method and author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s. Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video,Journal of Popular Film & Television, Managing Media Work, and Moving Data. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Coordinating Editor for In Media Res, an online project experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of scholarship. Presently, she is a co-founder and co-managing editor forMedia Industries, a new online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal launching in 2014.
Tom Phillips is a Senior Research Associate currently contributing to research at University of East Anglia and University of Edinburgh. He also part of the large scale ‘Remembering Alien’ project, and is the co-chair of the Fan Studies Network. He completed his PhD thesis, ‘Fandom and Beyond: Online Community, Culture, and Kevin Smith Fandom’ in 2013
Juan Piñón is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Dr. Piñón is interested in the intersection of Latin American transnational media corporate dynamics with the established mode of production of U.S. Latino media. He has a Ph.D in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the U.S. coordinator of the Ibero-American Television Fiction Observatory (OBITEL,) an international research project on television fiction. He has experience in television production working for Televisa, and Imevision in Mexico. He held the position of Production and Programming manager from Channel 2 in Chihuahua Mexico in the 1980s, and Media Center Director in Monterrey Tech, Mexico City Campus in the 1990s. His work has been published in Communication Theory, Global Media and Communication, Television & New Media, and International Journal of Cultural Studies among the most salient.
Dana Polan is a professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. His most recent book is Julia Child’s The French Chef from Duke University Press.
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.
Erica Robles-Anderson focuses on the role media technologies play in the production of space. In particular, she concentrates on configurations that enable a sense of public, collective, or shared experience, especially through the structuring of visibility and gaze. Trained as both an experimental psychologist and a cultural historian she has employed a range of methodologies to explore the definition of media-space. She is currently writing a book about the 20th century transformation of Protestant worship space into a highly mediated, spectacular “mega-church.”
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.
Tom Schatz is professor and former chairman of the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas, where he has been on the faculty since 1976 and currently holds the Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair. He has written four books (and edited many others) about Hollywood films and filmmaking, including Hollywood Genres; The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era; and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s. His writing on film has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Premiere, The Nation, Film Comment, and Cineaste, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a history of Hollywood in the contemporary conglomerate era, which was recently awarded a film scholars grant by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Schatz also is founder and Executive Director of the UT Film Institute, a program devoted to training students in narrative and digital filmmaking, and the actual production of feature-length independent films. Together with its commercial counterpart, Burnt Orange Productions, the UT Film Institute has produced five independent feature films, on which Schatz served as executive producer.
Dr. Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities; and Associate Editor of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. As co-editor, with John Urry, of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities (Routledge, 2004) and several key articles, she helped to establish the new interdisciplinary field of mobilities research. Her recent books areAluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press, 2014); co-editedRoutledge Handbook of Mobilities (Routledge, 2014); and co-edited book Mobility and Locative Media (Routledge, 2014).She received her A.B. from Harvard University (1988), MA (1993) and PhD (1997) from the New School for Social Research. She has held Visiting Fellowships at the Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University (2008-09); Media@McGill, Montreal, Canada (2009); Center for Mobility and Urban Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark (2009); and Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania (2010-11).
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.
Iain Robert Smith is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. He is author of The Hollywood Meme: Transnational Borrowings from American Film and Television (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) and editor of a book-length special issue of the open-access journal Scope entitled Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking, Transformation (2009). He is co-chair of the SCMS Transnational Cinemas SIG and co-chair of the transnational research network Media Across Borders.
Kimberly Springer is digital engagement specialist and scholar-activist interested in archives, digital culture/engagement, social movements, and the arts. Currently, she is completing a master’s of science at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She is social media and web strategist for State of Opportunity, a project of Michigan Radio, focused on children and well-being in the State of Michigan. Additionally, she serves as project manager for Community Memory & Ethical Access: The Ark & African Field Recordings. Springer has written extensively on gender, race, sexuality, and digital culture for academic and popular press outlets. Her monographs and anthologies include Stories of O: The Oprahfication of American Culture, co-edited (University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2010); Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980 (Duke University Press, 2005); and Still Lifting, Still Climbing: Contemporary African American Women’s Activism, editor (New York University Press, 1999).
Janet Staiger is William P. Hobby Centennial Professor Emeritus in Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas. She particularly attends to questions about situated and historical authorship, audiences and reception, and positionalities of gender and sexuality. Among her recent books are Political Emotions(2010, co-ed. with Ann Cvetkovich and Ann Reynolds), Media Reception Studies (2005), Authorship and Film (2002, co-ed. with David Gerstner), Blockbuster TV (2000), and Perverse Spectators (2000).
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.
Markus Stauff teaches Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His main research interests are television and digital media, governmentality, visual culture of media sports. Recent publications: “When Old Media Never Stopped Being New. Television’s History as an Ongoing Experiment.” (In: After the Break. Television Theory Today, ed. by Teurlings / de Valck, Amsterdam University Press, 2013) “Television’s Many Technologies. Domesticity, Governmentality, Genealogy.” (In: Téchnē / Technology. Researching Cinema and Media Technologies, ed. by Annie van den Oever, Amsterdam University Press, 2014).Transparency (= special issue of Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies 1/2014, ed. together with J. Teurlings).
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
Jon Stratton is Professor of Cultural Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Jon has published widely in cultural studies, Australian studies, Jewish studies, studies of popular music and also on race and multiculturalism. Jon’s most recent books are Jews, Race and Popular Music, Ashgate, 2009, Andy Bennett and Jon Stratton eds. Britpop and the English Music Tradition, Ashgate 2010, and Uncertain Lives: Culture, Race and Neoliberalism in Australia, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.
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.
Thom Swiss has published two volumes of poems (Measure, U Alabama; Rough Cut, U Illinois) and many volumes of criticism, including recent volumes on new media poetry and poetics (MIT Press) and Bob Dylan (U Minnesota Press). His poems have been published in Ploughshares, Iowa Review,American Scholar, New England Review, Agni, Postmodern Culture, and so on. He is Professor of Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota.
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).
Joe Tompkins is an assistant professor of Communication Arts at Allegheny College, where he teaches critical media studies. In addition to anthologies, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cinema Journal, Television and New Media, and Popular Communication.
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.
Stephen Tropiano is the founding director of the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, where he teaches courses on film and television history, theory, and criticism. He is the editor of the Journal of Film and Video and the author of several books, including The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on Television (Applause Books, 2000), Rebels & Chicks: A History of the Hollywood Teen Movies (Back Stage Books, 2006), Obscene, Indecent, Immoral & Offensive: 100+ Years of Controversial Cinema (Limelight Books, 2009), and Saturday Night Live FAQ (Applause Books, 2013). His critical writing on gender and LGBT representation has appeared in The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, The Journal of Popular Film & Television, and several critical anthologies. Stephen earned his Ph.D. in cinema and television studies from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
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).
Ethan Tussey is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Georgia State University (Ph.D. UCSB, MA UCLA; BA University of Arizona). His work explores the ways mobile devices and online platforms empower consumers to use popular culture in their daily routines. He has written book chapters on creative labor, online sports viewing, and connected viewing as a contributor to the anthologies Saturday Night Live and American TV (Indiana Univ Press, 2013),Digital Media Sport: Technology and Power in the Network Society (Routledge, 2013) and Connected Viewing: Selling Streaming and Sharing Media in the DigitalAge (Routledge, 2013). Tussey is the Coordinating Editor of In Media Res and a member of the Atlanta Media Project working group. He currently teaches Television Analysis, Media Industries, Media and Popular Culture, and Interactive Media.
Kate Warner has recently completed a PhD titled “The Representation of Prison and Prisoners in Long Running Television Programs” from the University of Queensland. Her interests include Television History, History on Television and Prison on Television among many other things. She holds a Post-completion Fellowship in the Department of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland and her current research is about women and crime.
J. Macgregor Wise is Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University. A former editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, he is author of Exploring Technology and Social Space (Sage, 1997), Culture and Technology: A Primer (Peter Lang, 2005; with Jennifer Daryl Slack), MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture (2nd ed., Sage, 2005; with Lawrence Grossberg, Ellen Wartella, and D. Charles Whitney), Cultural Globalization: A User’s Guide(Blackwell, 2008). He recently co-edited, with Hille Koskela, the collection, New Visualities, New Technologies: The New Ecstasy of Communication (Ashgate, 2013). He writes on themes of cultural studies and technology, globalization, surveillance, and media culture.
Dr. Mary Vanderlinden is currently the Dean of Student Success at AverettUniversity, Danville, VA. Dr. Vanderlinden has a varied background and before entering higher education as a professor and administrator, she was employed as a television news producer and as a director of marketing for several organizations. Dr. Vanderlinden achieved an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in business administration from Elon University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University.
Dr. Vanderlinden’s primary realm of research is visual rhetoric and depictions on television and how such images both negatively and positively affect specific population groups.
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.