Who We Are

Paul Booth is Professor of media studies at DePaul University, Chicago, USA. He is the author of Board Games as Media (Bloomsbury 2021),  Watching Doctor Who (with Craig Owen Jones, Bloomsbury 2020), Poaching Politics (Peter Lang, 2018, with Amber Davisson, Aaron Hess, and Ashley Hinck), Crossing Fandoms (Palgrave, 2016), Digital Fandom 2.0 (Peter Lang, 2016), Playing Fans (University of Iowa Press, 2015), Game Play (Bloomsbury, 2015), Time on TV (Peter Lang, 2012), and Digital Fandom (Peter Lang, 2010). He has edited the Wiley Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (Wiley, 2018), Seeing Fans (Bloomsbury, 2016, with Lucy Bennett), Controversies in Digital Ethics (Bloomsbury, 2016, with Amber Davisson), and Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who (Intellect, 2013). He is currently enjoying a cup of coffee.

Louisa Stein is Associate Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College. Louisa is author of Millennial Fandom: Television Audiences in the Transmedia Age (University of Iowa Press, 2015). She is co-editor of A Tumblr Book (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2020), Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom (McFarland, 2012) and Teen Television: Programming and Fandom (McFarland, 2008). Louisa serves as Book Review Editor for the journal Transformative Works and Cultures. She has also published in a range of journals and edited collections including Cinema Journal and Anti-Fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age (2019). Louisa’s work explores audience engagement in transmedia culture, with emphasis on questions of cultural and digital contexts, gender, and generation.

Jacinta Yanders is Assistant Professor of English at the College of DuPage. She primarily researches representations of identity in media as well as contemporary media trends (especially remakes…er reboots…er…you get the idea). Jacinta currently serves on the Steering Committee of SCMS’ Critical Media Pedagogy SIG and has previously contributed to Transformative Works and Cultures and Flow. You can also find her work in Hero or Villain?: Essays on Dark Protagonists of Television and Netflix Nostalgia: Streaming the Past on Demand.

Lori Morimoto is Assistant Professor General Faculty in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, and a fan and media studies researcher specializing in transnational and transcultural fandoms. She has published in such anthologies as Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, Second Edition, the Wiley Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies, The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, Transatlantic Television Drama, and Becoming: Genre, Queerness, and Transformation in NBC’s Hannibal. She has also published in the journals Participations, Transformative Works and Cultures, and East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, as well as a forthcoming essay in Mechademia: Second Arc

Lesley Willard is a lecturer and the Internship Director of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include digital platforms, media audiences, and media industries; in all of these fields, she focuses on labor and professionalization. She completed her Ph.D. in media studies at UT Austin.  Her scholarly work has appeared in the journals Transformative Works and Cultures, Critical Studies in Television, The Velvet Light Trap, Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media, and In Media Res. She also has chapters in two recent edited collections, A Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures (2020, University of Michigan) and Fan Studies: Methods, Research, Ethics (2021, University of Iowa Press). She is currently co-authoring a book for Routledge based on the Media Industry Conversations series, entitled Work in Progress: Navigating Work in the Contemporary Media Industries. She is also developing her dissertation, “From Hobby to Side Hustle: Fan Artist Professionalization in the Post-Network Era,” into a scholarly monograph.