Erika G. Abad has been teaching for University of Nevada Las Vegas’s Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department since the fall of 2016. Since then, her students have introduced her to the worlds of fandom, which then led her into fandom studies. She’s been featured on Latinos Who Lunch to discuss Latinx queer representation on television. She’s also contributed to local Las Vegas print outlets regarding the diversity of LGBT Black and Latinx representation on television. She’s currently revising her Fandom and Representation Course for the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @prof_eabad.

Julianna Crame recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with an MA in English Literary Studies. During her time there, she also worked as the lead writing consultant for UNLV’s Honors College. She is pursing a PhD in English Literary Studies at Ohio State University. Julianna’s research interests focus on Asian American literature and especially Filipino American literature. She is interested in representations of generation 1.5 and second-generation Filipino American identity.

Steven Hamelman teaches English at Coastal Carolina University. He has published articles on American fiction in journals such as Studies in American Fiction, and his recent work on rock music includes the edited collection of essays titled All by Myself: The Single-Artist Rock Album (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and a chapter in The Beatles Through a Glass Onion: Reconsidering the White Album (U of Michigan P, 2019).

Debra Jenson is an assistant professor at Utah State University. She has a PhD in Communication from the University of Utah. Her work focuses on narratives of social justice, public policy, and representation in popular culture. In 2016, Dr. Jenson delivered a TEDx talk titled “The Comic Universe Belongs to Everyone” discussing the importance of diversity in comic books and geek culture. She presents her work on diversity and geek culture at academic conferences, is a member of the FanX Salt Lake City Community Council to help make geek spaces safer, and is a regular contributor on panels at FanX events.

Jarret Keene is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His fiction, essays, and verse have appeared in literary journals like New England Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Southeast Review. He has written books—travel guide, unauthorized rock-band biography, poetry collections—and edited short-fiction anthologies like Las Vegas Noir and Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas. For more than a decade, Keene was the contributing music editor at Vegas Seven magazine and a book critic for Tucson Weekly.

Patricia M. Kirtley earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts in 2008. She co-authored Healthy Grieving (2005), America Cries I’m Sorry,” (2016), and Strategic Literacy Instruction (2017). Pat enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and learning.

William M. Kirtley earned a Doctor of Arts from Idaho State University. He wrote Politics of Death (2012), and co-authored Healthy Grieving (2005), America Cries I’m Sorry,” (2016), and Strategic Literacy Instruction (2017). He and Patricia celebrated their 52 wedding anniversary. He enjoys reading, writing, and learning from his grandchildren.

Richard Logsdon was senior editor of the literary magazine Red Rock Review from1995-2012. He also edited and contributed to the short-story collection In the Shadow of the Strip (2002, University of Nevada Press) and has edited and published two college textbooks: The Community College Reader (three editions) and Red Rock Reader (four editions). In his spare time, Logsdon has written and published a series of very dark short stories. And he has published several pop-culture journals, among them Popular Culture Review, Journal of American Culture, and Phoenix Papers. He and his wife have lived in Las Vegas since 1975.

Heather Lusty is an Associate Professor in the Honors College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She works on modernism, nationalism and national identity. She co-edited a collection of essays on James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence entitled Modernism at Odds (UP Florida, 2015), and edited a collection of Lawrence’s stories, The Border Line: D. H. Lawrence’s Soldier Stories (Palamedes Publishing, 2018). She is currently working on a manuscript examining performance in heavy metal music.

Marci Mazzarotto holds a PhD from the University of Central Florida and is an Assistant Professor of Digital Communication at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. Her research interests center on the interdisciplinary intersection of academic theory and creative practice often with a focus on communication/media studies, visual arts and popular culture.

Colby Y. Miyose is an instructor at the University of Hawai’i, Hilo, and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests pertain to various forms of representation in media. In particular, he is interested in portrayals of masculinity and how they intersect with ideas of love, romance, and sexuality in South East Asian film and television, such as the K-Drama (Korean Drama). He is also interested in how Pacific Islander culture, specifically Native Hawaiian culture, is displayed in film and television, and how these portrayals may influence Native Hawaiian identity formation.

Keith Moser is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Mississippi State University. He is the author of five full-length book projects. His latest monograph is entitled The Encyclopedic Philosophy of Michel Serres: Writing the Modern World and Anticipating the Future (2016). Moser has also contributed sixty-two essays to peer-reviewed publications representing many divergent fields including French and Francophone studies, environmental ethics, ecocriticism, ecolinguistics, biosemiotics, social justice, popular culture, and Maghrebi/Harki literature.

Carl Rollyson is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and the Writing Professions, Baruch College, CUNY. His biographies include American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath; A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan; Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography. The Last Days of Sylvia Plath and The Life of William Faulkner, will be published in the spring and fall of 2020.

Alana N. Seaman is an Assistant Professor of Recreation, Sports Leadership, and Tourism Management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research interests are focused on the links between popular culture (particularly literature, film, and television) and tourism, heritage tourism, semiotics, place making, tourist performance, and humanistic geography.

  1. Peter Steeves is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University where he specializes in phenomenology, ethics, and philosophy of science. Steeves is the author of eight books and more than 130 book chapters and journal articles. His current research focuses primarily on cosmology and astrobiology—on the origin events of both the universe and life.


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