Contributor Bios

James Altman serves as Academic Support Specialist for the Academic Success Center (ASC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 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. He is a book reviewer for the Journal of American Culture (JAC).

Ian Boucher earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Communication at the University of Pittsburgh, and his Master of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. He researches the role of superhero media in developing America’s understandings about justice, and edited Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice.

Amy M. Green specializes in the study of video games. She is especially interested in the expanding presence of video games as a compelling source of narrative, one that is necessarily participatory by nature. She is the author of two books: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, and History in Metal Gear Solid V and Storytelling in Video Games: The Art of the Digital Narrative.

Luc Guglielmi is currently an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Kennesaw State University. He also directs the French program at Kennesaw State University since 2006. His general research interests are Francophone comics, oral tradition, and eroticism. Luc Guglielmi received his PhD in 2004 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Francophone Studies.

Kim Idol is a writer/instructor partial to dogs, guns, rock climbing and travel. Her short stories are published in Danse Macabre, Portland Review, Toasted Cheese, Dead Neon, and Helen: A Literary Journal. She is working on a novel in between trips to the Middle East and Asia, her passion of late.

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 51st wedding anniversary. He enjoys reading, writing, and learning from his grandchildren.

Maureen Salsitz is an instructor in Cultural Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, as well as several community colleges in Orange County, California. With a PhD in Cultural Studies, her research interests have been focused on ethnicity, multiculturalism, representation, museums, Disney theme parks, and popular culture.

Max J. Skidmore is University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He specializes in presidential politics, American political thought, political ideologies, popular culture, and the politics of Social Security and health care. He has been Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to India, and Senior Fulbright Scholar, University of Hong Kong.

Brady Simenson is a Masters student and composition instructor at Northern Illinois University. His emphasis is in Film and Literature, but his work expands throughout all of popular culture studies, especially those involving issues of race and class. Beyond teaching, he has also recently accepted a position as a film writer with the online magazine, Pop Matters.

Peter Steeves is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University. He is the author of eight books, including the forthcoming Being and Showtime (Northwestern U P, 2019). He has published 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.