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EDUCATION

Ph.D. in English, Michigan State University, exp. 2020
Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2018
M.A. in American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015
B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics, Western Washington University, 2013

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Michigan State University, 2015-

Graduate Writing and Pedagogy Coordinator, Department of English, 2018-2019
Graduate Instructor, Department of English, 2017-2018
Instructor, Center for Integrative Arts and Humanities, summers 2016-2018
Teaching Assistant, Center for Integrative Arts and Humanities, 2015-2017

University of Massachusetts Boston, 2013-2015

Graduate Assistant, Center for the Study of Humanities, 2014-2015
Teaching Assistant, Department of American Studies, 2013-2014

PUBLICATIONS
Edited Collections (2)

Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics. Co-edited with Martin Lund. The Ohio State UP, forthcoming. New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative.

Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Co-edited with Dan Hassler-Forest. Amsterdam UP, 2017. Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence 3.

Reviewed in Science Fiction Studies

Special Issues (1)

Punking Science Fiction. Special issue of Deletion, no. 14, May 2018.

Articles (2)

“Worlds Will Live, Worlds Will Die: Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Anxieties and Calamities of the Comic-Book Event.” Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, forthcoming.

Fatal Attractions: AIDS and American Superhero Comics, 1988-1994.” International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 17, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2015, pp. 177-216.

Book Chapters (7)

“Candy and Drugs for Dinner: Rat Queens, Genre, and Our Aesthetic Categories.” The Oxford Handbook of Comics Studies, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Oxford UP, forthcoming.

“Lowbrow.” Keywords for Comics Studies, edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Shelley Streeby, and Deborah Whaley, New York UP, forthcoming.

“Introduction: On the Whiteness of the American Superhero.” With Martin Lund. Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics, edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac and Martin Lund, The Ohio State UP, forthcoming.

“White Plasticity and Black Possibility in Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier.” Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics, edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac and Martin Lund, The Ohio State UP, forthcoming.

‘Am I Doing the Right Thing?’: Milestone Comics, Black Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitics of Static.” Comics Studies: Here and Now, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Routledge, 2018, pp. 298-316.

Introduction: ‘What Is This Strange World We’ve Come to?’” With Dan Hassler-Forest. Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, Amsterdam UP, 2017, pp. 11-13.

Publishing the New Jedi Order: Media Industries Collaboration and the Franchise Novel.” Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, Amsterdam UP, 2017, pp. 143-154.

Essays and Reviews (39)

“Inventing the Alien in Early Science Fiction.” Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from Outer Space, by Michael Levy, edited by Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood Press, forthcoming.

“Terryl Whitlatch.” Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from Outer Space, by Michael Levy, edited by Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood Press, forthcoming.

Review of Spanish Gothic: National Identity, Collaboration, and Cultural Adaptation, by Xavier Aldana Reyes, Palgrave, 2017. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, forthcoming.

Review of Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction, by Mark Jerng, Fordham UP, 2017. Science Fiction Film and Television, forthcoming.

Review of Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama, U of Arizona P, 2017. Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art, forthcoming.

Review of Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II, by Steffen Hantke, UP of Mississippi, 2016. Extrapolation, forthcoming.

Review of The Bird King, by G. Willow Wilson, Grove Press, 2019. World Literature Today, vol. 93, no. 2, Mar. 2019, forthcoming.

Review essay on Jamil Jan Kolchai’s 99 Nights in Logar (Viking, 2019). PopMatters, forthcoming.

Review of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James, Riverhead Books, 2019. World Literature Today, vol. 93, no. 1, Jan. 2019, forthcoming.

The Zombie and Its Metaphors.” American Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 903-912.

Review of Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times, by Aimee Bahng, Duke UP, 2018. ASAP/J, forthcoming.

Review of Twenty-First-Century Popular Fiction, edited by Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson, Edinburgh UP, 2018. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018, forthcoming.

Review of Unholy Land, by Lavie Tidhar, Tachyon, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 6, Nov. 2018, forthcoming.

Review essay on Kelsey Miller’s I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends (Hanover Square Press, 2018). PopMatters, forthcoming.

Review of Omer Pasha Latas, by Ivo Andrić, NYRB Classics, 2018. Cleveland Review of Books, 2018, forthcoming.

Review of Mecha Samurai Empire, by Peter Tieryas, Ace, 2018. Strange Horizons, forthcoming.

Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm / Disney, 2016. Science Fiction Film and Television, forthcoming.

“Distorting Classics, Rationalizing Hate: Donna Zuckerberg’s Not All Dead White Men.” PopMatters, forthcoming.

Review essay on Alyson Hagy’s Scribe (Graywolf, 2018). PopMatters, forthcoming.

Review essay on Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King (Graywolf, 2018). PopMatters, forthcoming.

“We Are All Dürt Würkers: Grady Hendrix’s Heavy Metal Horror.” Los Angeles Review of Books, forthcoming.

Audrey Schulman in the Gutter of Genre.” World Literature Today Blog, 18 Sep. 2018.

Review of Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu, Tor, 2018. Featured review. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 5, Sep. 2018, pp. 66-67.

The Cursed Frontier: Ismail Kadare’s Theory of the State.” PopMatters, 7 Aug. 2018.

Mame Bougouma Diene and the Promise of African Horror.” World Literature Today Blog, 24 July 2018.

Review of Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal, Twelfth Planet Press, 2017. Utopian Studies, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 280-284.

Review of Condomnauts, by Yoss, Restless Books, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 4, July 2018, forthcoming.

Colonial Hottie: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, and Brand Israel.” The Middle Spaces, 5 June 2018.

Review of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, by David Bowles, Cinco Puntos Press, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 3, May 2018, pp. 89-90.

Introduction: On Punking Speculative Fiction.” Punking Speculative Fiction, edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac, special issue of Deletion, vol. 14, May 2018.

Mutate or Die: Eighty Years of the Futurians’ Vision.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 14 Apr. 2018.

Review of Essays on World Literature: Aeschylus • Dante • Shakespeare, by Ismail Kadare, translated by Ani Kokobobo, Restless Books, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 2, Mar. 2018, pp. 89-90.

Review of A Girl in Exile: Requiem for Linda B., by Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson, Counterpoint, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 1, Jan. 2018, p. 66.

Review of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, 2017. World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 6, Nov. 2017, pp. 69-70.

Review of Mapping the Interior, by Stephen Graham Jones, Tor, 2017. World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 5, Sep. 2017, pp. 70-71.

Review of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, by Ramzi Fawaz (New York UP, 2016). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 3, Sep. 2017, pp. 532-535.

Review of Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture, by Catherine M. Roach (Indiana UP, 2016). The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 50, no. 4, Aug. 2017, pp. 898-901.

Review of Dissolving Classroom, by Junji Ito (Vertical Comics, 2017). World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 3-4, May-August 2017, pp. 99-100.

Review of The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror, edited by Justin Everett and Jeffrey H. Shanks (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 2, Mar. 2017, pp. 332-334.

Editorials (1+)

Quarterly editorials in SFRA Review since summer 2018.

Fiftieth Anniversary Best Essays.” Co-written with Ann Larabee, et al. The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 50, no. 5, Oct. 2017, pp. 919-928.

EDITORIAL WORK
SFRA Review, 2018-

Editor, SFRA Review, 2018-

Foundation, 2017-

Book Reviews Editor, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 2017-

The Journal of Popular Culture, 2016-2017

Editorial Assistant, The Journal of Popular Culture, 2016-2017

CONFERENCES / PRESENTATIONS
Papers Presented (12)

Afrofuturism’s Specter: Alternate History, Racial Capitalism, and Nisi Shawl’s Everfair.” Worlding SF: Building, Inhabiting, and Understanding Science Fiction Universes, 6-8 Dec. 2018, Graz, Austria.

“Figuring Race in 1950s Meta-Slave Science Fiction: Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Damon Knight.” Futures of American Studies Institute, 18-23 June 2018, Dartmouth College.

Chalmuns Cantina: Transmedia Collaboration and the IP Farm in the Star Wars Franchise.” ICFA Annual Conference, 14-18 Mar. 2018, Orlando. 

Supercyberpunk: Genre and Aesthetics in Batman: Digital Justice.” Michigan State University Comics Forum, 23-24 Feb. 2018, Michigan State University. 

“A Proposition for the Science Fiction Age: John Michel’s Popular Front.” Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction. MLA Annual Convention, 4-7 Jan. 2018, New York City.

“Punking Science Fiction: Silkpunk and the Aesthetics of Generic Dissent.” Science Fiction as Dissent. ASA Annual Meeting, 9-12 Nov. 2017, Chicago.

“Milestone Comics, Black Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitics of Static.” Michigan State University Comics Forum, 24-25 Feb. 2017, Michigan State University.

“Franchise Anxieties, the Eighties Comic-Book Scene, and Crisis on Infinite Earths.” MPCA Annual Conference, 6-9 Oct. 2016, Hilton Rosemont / Chicago O’Hare, Chicago.

“Trans Narrative and DC Comics’ Camelot 3000 (1982-1985).” Franchises and Economies of Contemporary Media. SCMS Annual Conference, 30 Mar.-3 Apr. 2016, Hilton, Atlanta.

Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation.” English Graduate Organization Conference, 30-31 Oct. 2015, Ohio State University.

“Toward a Periodization of Queer Visibility in American Comics.” Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Symposium, 28 Mar. 2015, MIT.

Green Arrow, Anti-Gay Violence, and Urban Space.” NEPCA Annual Conference, 24-25 Oct. 2014, Providence College. Nominated for Best Graduate Student Paper Prize.

Sessions Organized (5)

Organizer and chair, Stephen King at 45: Horror and the Mass Cultural Genre System. MLA Annual Convention, 3-6 Jan. 2019, Chicago.

Organizer and chair, Cyberpunk ComicsMichigan State University Comics Forum, 23-24 Feb. 2018, Michigan State University. 

Organizer and chair, Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction. MLA Annual Convention, 4-7 Jan. 2018, New York City.

Organizer and chair. Science Fiction as Dissent. ASA Annual Meeting, 9-12 Nov. 2017, Chicago.

Organizer and chair, Science Fiction and the Limits of Counterculture. MLA Annual Convention, 5-8 Jan. 2017, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

Invited Presentations (1)

Falling in Love #99: Romance Comics and the Popular Culture Archive.” Reception for the Allan D. MacDougall Popular Culture Archive, University of Massachusetts Boston. 24 April 2015.

Other Participation (2)

“Toward a Multiple Afrofuturism: Traditions and Localities of a Global Movement.” Critical Institutions: Absorptions, 24 Feb. 2018, Michigan State University.

Discussant, Demoing unto Death: Smart Cities, Environment, and “Apocalyptic Hope.” Critical Institutions: Machines, 26 Feb. 2016, Michigan State University.

TEACHING HISTORY
Michigan State University, Instructor

Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 210) (F17, S18)
Alternate History: Fictions of Another America (IAH 221c) (Sum17, Sum18)
United States and the World (IAH 201) (Sum16)

Michigan State University, TA

Dangerous Art (IAH 209) (S17)
Race and American Literature (IAH 207) (F16)
Globalization and U.S. Popular Culture (IAH 201) (F15, S16)

University of Massachusetts Boston, TA

Popular Culture in the U.S. (AMST 101) (F13, S14)
The Thirties (AMST 203) (S14)
The Sixties (AMST 206) (F13)

AWARDS / FELLOWSHIP

College of Arts and Letters Book Subvention Award, Michigan State University, 2018. $4,500.

The Varg-Sullivan Graduate Award in Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, 2018. $1,800.

College of Arts and Letters Summer Support Fellowship, Michigan State University, summer 2018. $2,250.

College of Arts and Letters Research Enhancement Funds, Michigan State University, summer 2018. $895.

Graduate School Travel Fellowship, Michigan State University, spring 2018. $350.

Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, spring 2017. $400. 

Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, fall 2017. $400. 

Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, spring 2017. $450.

Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, fall 2016. $400.

College of Arts and Letters Research Enhancement Funds, Michigan State University, summer 2016. $2,000.

Department of English Travel Grant, Michigan State University, spring 2016. $600.

SERVICE
Departmental and University Service

Workshop leader. “Teaching Standalone English Courses.” Department of English, Michigan State University. Sep. 2018.

Graduate representative. Graduate Committee, Department of English, Michigan State University. 2018-2019.

Workshop leader. “Discovering Your Writing Process and Your Academic Voice.” Department of English, Michigan State University. 6 Oct. 2017. 

Member. Travel Fund Committee, Association of English Graduate Students, Michigan State University, 2017.

Graduate representative. Undergraduate Policy Committee, Department of English, Michigan State University. 2016-2018.

Humanities evaluator. University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, Michigan State University. 8 Apr. 2016; 7 Apr. 2017.

Professional Service

Peer reviews for: Extrapolation (2017-present), Science Fiction Film and Television (2016-present), Celebrity Studies (2018-present), Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art (2017-present), Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies (2017, special issue), MOSF: Journal of Science Fiction (2016-present).

Community Service

ContributorThe Dissent Mixtape, produced by Mike Casiano and Molly Benitezhttps://theasa.net/annual-meeting/years-meeting/dissent-mixtape. American Studies Association, 2017-2018.

The 1984 Project. A collaboration with Williamston Theatre to prepare gallery materials accompanying performances of a dramatic adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. Feb.-Apr. 2017, Williamston, MI.

INTERVIEWS

Wiesenthal, Nicole. “LGBT Comic Book Characters Going Mainstream.” South Florida Gay News, 14 Oct. 2014.

MEMBERSHIPS

Modern Language Association
Science Fiction Research Association
International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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