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Ph. D. Candidate, Moving Image Studies
Dissertation: “Post-Millennial Queer Sensibility: Collaborative Authorship as Disidentification
in Queer Intertextual Commodities”
Emphasis on: new media, LGBTQ+ studies, audience reception


Master of Arts, Media Arts
Master’s Report: “I See Leaves, Flowers, Maybe Even a Whole Forest: Queer
Representation, Identification and Fan Participation in Grey’s Anatomy”
Emphasis on: fandom studies, television, and web series

SIMMONS COLLEGE, Boston, MA May 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Communications: Integrated Media
Minor: Photography
magna cum laude

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA August 2015 – May 2019
Instructor of Record: History of Motion Pictures, Television Analysis,
Fans & Transformative Works
Teach general education and major specific courses in the Film and Media program, creating course
materials, lectures, and assessments, with class sizes ranging from 15 to 120 students.
• Student focused course design highlighting social learning.
• Design includes scaffolding for long-term multimedia research project.
• Create hybrid production and theoretical assignments through reflection.

BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY, Bridgewater, MA January 2012 – May 2015

Visiting Lecturer: Foundations of Media, Media Literacy,
Multimedia Production
Taught foundational and upper-level courses in the Communications department, created course
materials, lectures, and real-world assignments.
• Designed face-to-face and online versions of Media Literacy.
• Student focused course design highlighting media literacy skills.
• Design includes scaffolding for long-term written assignment.
• Students explore transformative media with creative production.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY, Manchester, NH June 2014 – August 2015

Online Instructor: Introduction to Mass Communication
Primary duties were to engage students via the class discussion; evaluate student submissions and
provide detailed written and verbal feedback. Provided weekly personalized introductions to course
materials. SNHU requires faculty to be present in their online classroom 5/7 days a week.

SIMMONS COLLEGE, Boston, MA January 2015 – May 2015

Lecturer: Ethnography of Anime
Designed and taught a First Year Seminar or “passion” course focusing on examining anime and manga
as art, and American “otaku” fandom as a subculture. Culminating in a field site visit at Anime Boston
where students became participant observers utilizing their knowledge of anime & manga, fandom, and
ethnography to explore a topic or area of their choice.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ September 2009 – May 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant: TV & U.S. Culture, Discovering Media,
Film History II, and Media Aesthetics
Taught two break-out sections each semester. Responsible for all discussion group sessions, graded
assessments for my sections, and presented screening introductions throughout the semester for
lecture class.
• Assisted with developing a new course: TV & U.S. Culture.
• Provided supplementary screenings for foreign language students.

Upcoming Publications:
• Our Blessed Rebel Queen: Essays on Carrie Fisher, anthology co-edited with Linda Mizejewski,
under contract at Wayne State University Press. (Expected Dec. 2020)
o Contributed chapter “Carrie Fisher Sent Me: Gendered Political Protest, Princess Leia
and the Women’s March.”
Peer Reviewed Articles:
• “Coming Out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industrial Scandal, Constructing a Lesbian Storyline, and Fan
Action.” Transformative Works and Cultures 24. June 2017.
• “ ‘Proud Mormon Polygamist:’ Assimilation, Popular Memory, and the Mormon Churches in Big
Love,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 26.1 (2014): 93-106. Print.
Book Chapters:
• “Where Are the Web Shows?” It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture
Phenomenon. Eds. Ben Bowling and Matthew J. Smith., Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland
Publishing, 2014. 128-139. Print.
• “Maus” and “Art Spiegelman,” Icons of the American Comic Book: from Captain America to
Wonder Woman. Eds. Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. Denver, Colorado: ABC-CLIO, LLC,
2013. 472-478; 698-707. Print.
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Other Academic Publications:

• “The Sci-Fi Anthology’s Revival Isn’t Only Seen, It’s Heard.” In Media Res. (12 March 2019). Web.
• “Exploring the Ephemeral Archive.” In Media Res. (11 May 2018). Web.
• “Production as Feminist Activism: #TimesUp and Women Lead Production in Hollywood.” In
Media Res. (22 March 2018). Web.
• “Hybrid Merchandising as Fan Financing.” In Media Res. (18 January 2018). Web.
• “A New Kind of FIGs.” In Media Res. (15 January 2018). Web.
• “Sound Mapping Imaginary Worlds.” In Media Res. (5 October 2017). Web.
• “Transformational Exchange of Cultural Values through Cooperative Play in Never Alone.” In
Media Res. (11 April 2017). Web.

• “Licensing Fan Works: Merchandising as Collaborative Authorship,” Fan Studies Network North
America Conference, Chicago, IL, Oct 24-26, 2019. Accepted.
• "Queering the Unseen Character: Cecil as Multiform Character in Welcome to Night Vale," Fan
Studies Network North America Conference, Chicago, IL, Oct 25-27, 2018. Submitted.
• “Monstrous Bodies Roundtable Discussion,” Comic and Popular Arts Conference, Atlanta, GA,
August 30-September 3, 2018. Accepted.
• “Join the Resistance: Gendered Political Protest, Star Wars and the Women’s March,” SCMS
Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2018. Submitted.
• “Nostalgia and Feminist Fan Reparation in Stranger Things,” Console-ing Passions Conference,
Greenville, NC, July 2017. Submitted.
• “Digitizing Indigenous Storytelling in Never Alone: Games, Ritual, and Understanding,”
Meaningful Play Conference, Lansing, MI, October 2016. Submitted.
• Respondent for Podcasts and Convergent Digital Media, part 2 (audiences/fans), FLOW
Conference, Austin, TX, September 2016. Submitted.
• “Proud Mormon Polygamist: Assimilation, Popular Memory, and the Mormon Churches in Big
Love,” PCA/ACA National Conference, Boston, MA. April 2012. Submitted.
• “Leaves, Flowers, Maybe a Whole Forest: Queer Representation, Identification and Fan
Participation in Grey’s Anatomy,” PCA/ACA National Conference, San Antonio, TX. April 2011.
• “Scott Pilgrim vs. Kick-Ass: Failure of a Niche Blockbuster,” Comic Arts Conference, San
Francisco, CA, April 2011. Submitted.
• “The Culture of Popular Things,” Comic Arts Conference, San Diego, CA, July 25, 2010, Invited.
• “From Black Femme Fatale to Last Redeeming Woman,” 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Regional
Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010, Submitted.
• “The Real U: The Scooby Gang as the Urban Tribe of Sunnydale and Beyond,” Slayage
Conference on the Whedonverse 3, Arkadelphia, AR, June 2008. Submitted.
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• Managing Editor for In Media Res, 2019-present
• Reviewee for Transformative Works & Cultures, 2019-present
• Theme Week Coordinator for In Media Res
o Fandom & Race, May 13-17, 2019
o Academia in Fan Spaces, December 17-21, 2018
o Cosplay, Crossplay & Genderswap Cosplay, September 10-14, 2018
o Queer Fan Spaces, May 7-11, 2018
o #TimesUp & #MeToo, March 19-23, 2018
o Fan Financing, January 15-19, 2018
o Fantasy Cartography, December 18-22, 2017
o The Legacy of Carrie Fisher, September 18-22, 2017
o Transformative Games, April 17-21, 2017
o Fan Tourism, In Media Res, March 13-17, 2017
o Collective Storytelling, November 7-11, 2016.
• Reviewee for The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 2013-2015.

• Provost Dissertation Fellowship, Georgia State University, July 2019-May 2020.
• Georgia State University Dissertation Grant, December 2018, for field site visit to ClexaCon.
• Top Paper Award, Meaningful Play Conference, October 2016, for “Digitizing Indigenous Storytelling
in Never Alone: Games, Ritual, and Understanding.”
• Technology Achievement Award, Simmons College, January 2013, for learning management system
(LMS) transition project
• College of Fine Arts Small Grants, University of Arizona, March 2011, to attend Comic Arts
• Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant, University of Arizona, February 2011, to
attend PCA/ACA National Conference
• Medici Scholarship, University of Arizona, May 2010, to attend Comic-Con Ethnographic Study
conducted by Wittenberg University
• Hanson Film Institute Travel Grant, University of Arizona, February 2010, to attend the SW/TX
PCA/ACA Conference

• Graduate Representative, Fan and Audience Studies Special Interest Group, Society of Media &
Cinema Studies (2019-present)
• Graduate Representative, College of the Arts Academic Affairs Committee, School of Film, Media &
Theatre, Georgia State University (2018-present)
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• Founding Member & Clerk of the Moving Image Studies Graduate Student Association, Georgia State
University (2018-present)
• Panel Chair at the 2018 SCMS Annual Conference in Toronto (March 17, 2018)
• Representative to the Academic Technology Committee, Simmons College (2012-2014)
• Graduate Representative for Film & Television, College of Fine Arts Student Advisory Committee,
University of Arizona (2010-2011)
• Panel Chair at the 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Regional Meeting (February 10-13, 2010)

• Graduate Group Leader, Associate Provost for Graduate Programs Mentorship Program (Fall 2017)
• Communications Graduate Student Alliance Mentor, Georgia State University (2016-2018)
• Programming Curator, Virtual Lesbian Looks, Annual Lesbian Looks Film & Video Series, University of
Arizona, 2010-present
• Founder “Virtual Lesbian Looks,” a new online event, screening lesbian-centric web series (2010)

• Mastering Online Teaching Certificate, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Georgia State
University, August 2019
• Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching, University System of Georgia Board of Regents, July
• Green Zone Training Certificate, Educational Tactics for Active Military and Vets, November 2017

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