Who We Are

Benjamin WOO Chun How is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Communication and Associate Dean – Equity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), where he directs the Research on Comics, Con Events, and Transmedia Laboratory. Ben is the author of Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture, co-author of The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books, co-editor of Scene Thinking: Cultural Studies from the Scenes Perspective, and co-editor of The Comics World: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics, among other works.

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.

Maria K. Alberto is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Utah. Her work has been published in Humanities, Transformative Works and Cultures, and Mythlore, as well as edited collections including A Fan Studies Primer, Fandom The Next Generation, Roleplaying Games in the Digital Age, and New Frontiers for Popular Romance. She is also co-editing a collection of essays focused on the Chinese drama The Untamed with Dr. Yue Wang. At this very moment, she is probably working on her dissertation regarding canon(s) or playing D&D. Either way, coffee is involved.

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 StudiesThe Routledge Companion to Media FandomTransatlantic Television Drama, and Becoming: Genre, Queerness, and Transformation in NBC’s Hannibal. She has also published in the journals ParticipationsTransformative Works and Cultures, and East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, as well as a forthcoming essay in Mechademia: Second Arc

Sarah E. S. Sinwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah. She has published essays in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Jump Cut, The Projector, Mai, and Flow. Examining shifting modes of independent film distribution and exhibition on YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and SundanceTV, her book Indie Cinema Online (Rutgers University Press, 2020) redefines independent cinema in an era of media convergence. Sarah teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Diversity in Film and Media, Women Directors, Queer Media, Independent Cinema, and Convergence Cultures.

EJ Nielsen is a doctoral candidate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where their research focuses on visual and material culture in fan studies, hauntology, gender/sexuality, and the complex ways in which these intersect. Sections from their doctoral thesis, “Framing Fanart,” recently appeared in A Fan Studies Primer, edited by Paul Booth and Rebecca Williams (U of Iowa P, 2021). In addition to book chapters on gender and monstrosity in Supernatural, queerness in James Bond, and queerbaiting in the BBC’s Sherlock, they have published in The Journal of Fandom Studies, Transformative Works & Cultures, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, inMedia, and Somatechnics, as well as multiple edited collections. Their co-edited collection Becoming: Genre, Gender, and Transformation in NBC’s Hannibal, was released in 2019 by Syracuse University Press.