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, resurrecting her interest in the lack of diversity on screen and in print. In the summer of 2019, she was featured on Latinos Who Lunch to discuss Latinx queer representation on television. Since then, she’s blogged about Queer & Latinx representation on her blog  She’s also contributed to local Las Vegas print outlets regarding the diversity of LGBT Black and Latinx representation on television. She will be teaching a course centering on Race/Class/Gender Sexuality & Fandom for the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program in the fall of 2020. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @prof_eabad.

Francis Aquino graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BA in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience.

Isa Rehana Flores is an English major at UNLV. She hopes to purse a Master’s degree and to educate others about important issues.

Todd Giles is an associate professor of English at Midwestern State University in Texas who teaches American literature and culture and is currently dabbling in ecofeminism and environmental spirituality and practice.

John Hay is an associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature (Cambridge UP, 2017) and of numerous articles in journals such as Early American Literature, the New England Quarterly, and Science Fiction Film and Television. His essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Public Books. He is the editor of the forthcoming Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP).

Shelby Humphries is a kinesiology major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who loves music, from 80s rock to jazz, and classic artists like Frank Sinatra.

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. 

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), Strategic Literacy Instruction (2017), and “When in Rome, Caesars Palace: the First Themed Casino in Las Vegas, Popular Culture Review (2018).

William M. Kirtley earned a Doctor of Arts from Idaho State University. He wrote Politics of Death (2012), co-authored Healthy Grieving (2005), America Cries “I’m Sorry,” (2016), Strategic Literacy Instruction (2017), and “When in Rome, Caesars Palace: The First Themed Casino in Las Vegas, Popular Culture Review (2018).

Kenneth Payne has been Professor of English and American Literature at Kuwait University since 1977. He earned his PhD from Sussex University (UK) in 1975. He has published over 50 papers in Papers in Language and Literature, The South Carolina Review, The International Fiction Review, The McNeese Review, Lamar Journal of the Humanities, Popular Culture Review, Journal of Popular Culture, Arkansas Review, South Central Review, American Periodicals, and New Mexico Humanities Review, among others. His current research interests include H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.

Carl Rollyson is the author of The Last Days of Sylvia Plath, The Life of William Faulkner, and twelve other biographies. His work has appeared in the Popular Culture Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Senne Schraeyen is a Master’s graduate in Art Sciences and Archaeology (Free University of Brussels). He is interested in the contemporary and neo-avant-garde art’s connection to everyday life and popular culture.

David G. Schwartz, gaming historian and writer, is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and an Affiliate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This article was inspired by Mario Puzo’s presence in his current book project, a history of the Sands casino.

Seth Vannatta is professor and chair of the department of philosophy at Morgan State University. He is the author of Conservatism and Pragmatism in Law, Politics, and Ethics (Palgrave, 2014) and editor and contributor to The Wire and Philosophy (Open Court, 2013) and Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy (Open Court, 2012).

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