Who We Are

Paul Booth is Professor of media studies 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.

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 an 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 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!