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candice d.

roberts, PhD

646.512.9063 CR

Ph.D., Communication, Culture and Media

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

M.A., Communication with honors
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Cognate: Cultural Narrative (Department of Sociology & Anthropology)

B.A., Psychology magna cum laude
Minor: Theatre
The University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC

Academic Appointments

St John’s University September 2015---current

Queens, New York
Director of Communication Arts,
Assistant Professor, Division of Mass Communication, College of Professional Studies

Drexel University September 2010---September 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor, Department of Culture and Communication, College of Arts and Sciences

EnCoMPASS Project, Researcher September 2012 - September 2016
EnCoMPASS (Emerging Communities for Mathematical Practices and Assessment) is an National Science
Foundation-funded grant project focusing on the development of a hybrid community of STEM educators
using an innovated integrated system of online networking and professional development resources.

Selected Publications

• Roberts, C.D. & Lascity, M. E. (2018 Forthcoming). Consumer Identities: Agency, Media, and
Digital Culture. Intellect: Bristol, UK

• Lascity, M. E., & Roberts, C. D. (2016). What to wear to the end of the world: The function of
fashion in apocalyptic narrative. Film, Fashion & Consumption, 4(1), 89---104.

• Roberts, C. D., & Stein, S. (2015). Eco---heroes and eco---villains: An archetypal analysis of
environmental film, 1950–2010. Applied Environmental Education & Communication,
14(1), 57---64.

• Living In, Moving Through, Working Toward: SEPTA and Progress in Philadelphia. T2M:
Transport, Traffic & Mobility XI, 3 (2014).

• Exploring Brand Personality Through Archetypes, with Stephen W. Marshall. Annual

Proceedings of the American Academy of Advertising (2014).

Refereed Research Presentations

• Frenemies & Family in Hybrid Queer Spaces: RuPaul’s Drag Race as Intertextual
Fan Practice, Fan Studies Network- North America, October 25-27, 2018. Chicago,

• Binge, Meme, Repeat: Participatory Nostalgia in the Netflix Age. Popular Culture
Association. Indianapolis, IN. March 28-April 1, 2018

• The Semiotics of Tea and Shade: The Symbols, Rituals and Artifacts of RuPaul’s
Drag Race. Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association. November 9- 11, 2017.
Philadelphia, PA.

• Stuff White Dudes Like: Late Night TV Hosts and Hegemonic Performances of
Fandom. Fan Studies Network. June 24, 2017, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,

• Hip to be Queer: The Consumer Capital of LGBTCool. Panel: Leveraging Brand

Authenticity Through Popular Culture, Integrated Marketing Communication and
Popular Culture Conference, University of North Carolina Wilmington, June 2, 2017
• Invited panelist: Roundtable- “The Impact of Netflix and Streaming Television as an
Industry Disruptor.” Popular Culture Association 47th Annual Conference, San Diego
CA. April 14, 2017
• UnReal as Oppositional Reading of Reality Dating Shows”. Popular Culture Association
47th Annual Conference, San Diego CA. April 14, 2017

• Here for the Right Reasons: Class Portrayals and the Pursuit of Ordinary Celebrity in
Reality Television Competitions. Mid---Atlantic Popular Culture Association, November
3---5, 2016 Atlantic City, NJ
• Stuart Hall’s Work and Understanding Digital Imaginaries. Association of Internet
Researchers, IR16 Conference, October 21--24, 2015, Phoenix, AZ
• Pop Bottle Projects and Etsy for Rest of Us: Working Class Queering and Crafting in
the Digital DIY Movement. Popular Culture Association Conference, April 2015 in
New Orleans, Louisiana.

• Mobility in the Hybrid Collective: CouchSurfing and the Cosmopolitan Consumer Citizen.
Paper presented at Space and Place: Exploring Critical Issues, September 2014 in Oxford,
United Kingdom.

• Connection and Consumption: CouchSurfing as Alternative Economy. Paper presented at

PopKongress: Managing Popular Culture, February 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

• An International Hybrid Collective in the United States, Japan and Beyond. Paper presented at
the International Academic Forum’s MediAsia, November 2013 in Osaka, Japan.

• Hoggin’, Boggin’ and Live Action: A Reparative Reading of Reality Television Nature
Mythology in the American South. Paper presented at Popular Culture Association
Conference, March 2013 in Washington, DC.


Graduate Courses
Theories and Processes of Communication
Participatory Culture
Fandom and Convergence

Undergraduate Courses
New Media
Mass Media & Society
Principles of Communication
Introduction to Mass Communication
Seminar in Communication Research
Qualitative Research Methods (traditional and online)
Communication Theory & Models (traditional and online)
Film, Celebrity & the Environmental Movement (traditional and online)

Pedagogical Development

• Writing Across the Curriculum, Faculty Fellow 2017

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is an interdisciplinary faculty fellowship devoted to the
study the teaching of writing, the revision of the use of writing in courses, the best practices of
teaching writing across the disciplines, and preparing for how to best utilize the instructional
support of an Undergraduate Writing Fellow in Spring 2017.

• Pedagogical Strategies of Managing Media and Popular Culture in the Classroom,
Professional Development Roundtable, Popular Culture Association, April 15, 2017

• Online Teaching and Learning Certification Course, St. John’s University, June 2016

• Pearson Technology and Student Engagement Workshop, Hoboken, NJ, May 4, 2016

Academic and Professional Organizations

• Mid---Atlantic Popular Culture Association, Executive Board, LGBTQ Area Chair

• Popular Culture Association, Television Area Chair

• Association of Internet Researchers

• Society for Cinema and Media Studies

• Fan Studies Network

• Literature Film Association

Leadership and Service

• Director, Communication Arts Program (Division)

o Appointed by Division Chair, Agreed upon by Committee

• Liaison for TOPS Student Pipeline Program, NBC Universa

Leadership and Service (Cont.)

• Coordinator, Articulation program with Institute for Audio Research (Division)

• CPS Budget Committee (College), continued service
o Nominated by Division Chair

• Student and Faculty Engagement (SAFE) Program Mentor (University)
o Volunteer

• Communication Arts advisement, March-April 2017, 50+ students

• Chair, Steering Committee for Curriculum Updates in Media Studies, St. John’s University

• Coordinating Member, OUTGrads, Graduate Student LGBT Organization, Drexel University

• Assistant Advisor, Communication and Media Studies Group for undergraduates, Drexel

• Volunteer, The Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours program, in Entertainment/Media and
Science & Technology

• Graduate Student Representative & Moderator, Journalism Panel; International Academic

Forum, Osaka, Japan

Professional Development

• Contributor/faculty reviewer for Mass Communication: Living in a Media World, 7th Edition

• Reviewer for International Communication Association Conference 2017
o Popular Communication Division
o LGBTQ Studies SIG

• Cover writer for Digital Fandom 2.0, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2016.

• BraveTV Revolution, Hosted by RokerLabs

Media Appearances

The A.V. Club, The Hallmark Channel’s Countdown To Christmas movie event is a guilt---free holiday
indulgence, film and media studies expert source, December 2015
Overseas Insider International Podcast, Travel and CouchSurfing, Expert Guest. Episode aired July 21,

Awards and Honors

Writing Across the Curriculum, Faculty Writing Fellow, St. John’s University
International Research Travel Award, Drexel University Office of International Programs
Summer Social Webshop Grant, National Science Foundation and University of Maryland
Doctoral Fellowship, Drexel University
Phi Kappa Phi

Research Interests

--- intersections of gender and sexuality --- global media systems

--- mobilities and space/place --- archetypes and mythic structure
--- branding in popular and consumer culture --- hybrid sociality and new media
--- cultural narratives and identity


Dr. Wesley Shumar, Department Chair

Department of Anthropology
Drexel University
Dr. Paul Booth, Associate Professor
Digital Communication and Media Arts
DePaul University
Dr. Deborah Greh, Director, Division of Mass Communication
St John’s University, Staten Island