Who We Are

Paul Booth is Associate Professor at DePaul University, Chicago, USA. He is the author of 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.

Lori Morimoto is an independent 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. She really hates coffee, but in her spare time she drinks lots of tea and proselytizes Hannibal to anyone who will listen.

Lesley Willard is a doctoral candidate at UT Austin. Her dissertation is on the professionalization of fan artists in the post-network era TV industry with emphases on promotional strategies, affective labor, and social media platforms. She is currently the Co-Lead Coordinating Editor for The Velvet Light Trap, a research fellow in UT Austin’s Center for Media & Entertainment Industries, and the director of UT’s Queer Graduate Student Agency. She has previously served as a research fellow in UT’s Computational Media Lab, an assistant editor for Big Data & Society, a co-managing editor for Flow: A Critical Forum on Media Culture, a Graduate Student Representative of the Fan and Audience Studies (FaAS) SIG at SCMS, and a coordinating committee member for the Flow Conference (’16 and ’18). Her work has been published in Flow, In Media Res, The Velvet Light Trap, Critical Studies in Television, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She also has a chapter in the forthcomingA Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures.

She is also on the job market so if you’re hiring, hit her up!