Sean Guynes is a cultural historian of politics, power, and belonging in American popular culture. He works primarily on American Cold War history and the cultural politics (and representations) of socialism, anarchism, and libertarianism in the U.S. Within these frames he studies issues of empire, capitalism, whiteness, masculinity, and political radicalism/reactionism through the lens of popular culture and genre fiction, especially science fiction, alternate history, and horror.
Sean currently works in alt-academia as the Journals Coordinator at Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan while finishing his PhD in English at Michigan State University. His first full-length monograph, Forgotten Futures: How the Korean War Changed American Science Fiction, under advance contract with University of Nebraska Press, is a study of how the Korean War’s legacies in American Cold War policy, public memory, and popular culture drastically shaped American science fiction in the 1950s and beyond.
Sean is author of the forthcoming books Whiteness (MIT Press) and Starship Troopers (Auteur Publishing), co-editor of the Encapsulations: Critical Comics Studies book series for University of Nebraska Press, two journal special issues, and several books—including Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics (Ohio State University Press, 2020)—and editor of SFRA Review. He was previously book reviews editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and editorial assistant to The Journal of Popular Culture. His shorter writing has appeared in public and academic venues, including Los Angeles Review of Books, American Quarterly, World Literature Today, Utopian Studies, American Book Review, PopMatters, and Strange Horizons.