Contributor Bios

James Altman serves as an Accessibility Resources Support Technologist for the Accessibility Resources Team (ART), Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to joining the ART, he served a year as an Academic Support Specialist for the Academic Success Center (ASC) at UNLV, and spent a number of highly successful years teaching in the UNLV English Department. His research interests include Modern and Contemporary Literature, Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Popular Culture, and how best to implement assistive technologies to aid student learning. He has published both scholarly and creative work.


Alexis Noel Brooks is a graduate student in English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and works for the UNLV Honors College as a writing consultant. Her primary research interest is Black women’s literature and theory. She has recently been interested in the works of J. California Cooper and conversations about fictionality surrounding Hannah Crafts’ The Bondwoman’s Narrative. Prior to UNLV, she received her Bachelors in English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University.


Raluca D. Comanelea completed her MA in Literature in the Department of English at UNLV. She worked as research assistant to the Director of Composition Program and has taught a variety of introductory English composition courses on campus. Raluca’s present focus is Tennessee Williams’s vast repertoire of plays and short stories. She is also a creative writer, and currently working on a novella, Desire and Cemeteries, as well as a compilation of short stories about the complicated and distorted history that surrounds cultural myths propagated in the Western world.


Erika Engstrom is professor of communication studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She teaches courses in gender and intercultural communication. Her books include The Bride Factory (2012); Mad Men and Working Women (2014); Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC’s Parks and Recreation (2017); and Religion Across Television Genres (2019).


Erin Fleet attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a student in both the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality and the Honors College.


Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV and a longtime contributor to Popular Culture Review. He is the author of several books, including Nevada: A History of the Silver State, and Lincoln and the Election of 1860. He is executive director of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association and of Preserve Nevada, the state’s oldest statewide historic preservation organization.


Reginia Judge, Esq. is an associate professor in the Department of Justice Studies of Montclair State University. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She lectures in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. Professor Judge teaches several online courses which include Cybercrime, and Technology and the Criminal Justice System, and Social Media Investigation. Her current research is in the area of media and the criminal justice system.


Danielle Meijer, M.S., is an instructor of philosophy at DePaul University and the founder and artistic director of Aleph World Fusion Dance, a company specializing in the thoughtful fusion of over a dozen different dance styles from around the world. She has been teaching courses in Critical Thinking and Multicultural Political Theory at DePaul for more than a decade, and in 2019 won the award for Outstanding Adjunct Instructor in the DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Meijer’s graduate degree is in experimental psychology, and she is currently working on her first book, a project focused on the philosophy of child liberation.


Elenice Oliveira is an assistant professor in the Justice Studies Department at Montclair State University. Her research has focused on policing and crime prevention, crime opportunity and spatial analysis, and international & comparative research on crime and criminal justice.


Tracy Reilly teaches intellectual property courses at the University of Dayton School of Law, where she also directs its pioneering Program in Law & Technology. Her research interests focus within the cross-sections of copyright and trademark law with philosophy, literature, psychology, religion, and heavy metal music.


Daniel Ferreras Savoye is a professor of French and Spanish literatures and Cultural Studies at West Virginia University. His work on marginalized authors, comic books, detective fiction, popular culture issues and critical theory has appeared in Hispania, French Literature Series, Ángulo Recto, Lectura y signo, The Popular Culture Review and La tribuna. He is the author of Lo fantástico en la literatura y el cine (ACVF, 1995/ 2014), Cuentos de la mano izquierda (Silente, 1999), Amor 3.1 (Biblioteca del Laberinto, 2010), The Signs of James Bond (McFarland, 2013) and Beyond Literary Studies (McFarland, 2017).


H. 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 cosmos and life.


Briana Whiteside is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research interests include science fiction, popular culture, natural hair, and black women’s narratives. She is particularly interested in the ways in which black women have endeavored to heal from physical and psychological traumas, as well as in how African American literature by women has represented this struggle. Her work also explores the ways in which notions of imprisonment have shaped understandings of the prison system—an interest resulting from her experience teaching within both medium- and maximum-security prisons. As evidence of her commitment to fostering intellectual growth within the prison classroom, she created a library within a maximum-security prison in Alabama.


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