Sean Guynes is a critic, writer, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, MI. He is a historian of American popular culture, and works primarily on postwar American history, studying issues of empire, capitalism, whiteness, masculinity, and political radicalism through the lens of popular culture and genre fiction—especially science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and horror.
Sean works in academic publishing 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 co-author with Martin Lund of the forthcoming book Whiteness (MIT Press); author of The Ursula K. Le Guin Reread series at Tor.com; co-editor of the Encapsulations: Critical Comics Studies book series for University of Nebraska Press (with Martin Lund and Julia Round), two journal special issues, and several books, including Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics (with Martin Lund, 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. Sean is also the secretary of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Sean’s shorter writing has appeared in public and academic venues, including Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Quarterly, World Literature Today, Utopian Studies, American Book Review, and PopMatters.