Candice D. Roberts and Myles Ethan Lascity are co-founders of Consumer Identities and of the Social Science Workshop on Interdisciplinary Methods. Their edited volume from the 2017 symposium, entitled Consumer Identities: Agency, Media, and Digital Culture, will be published by Intellect in 2019. They are also the authors of What to wear to the end of the world: The function of fashion in apocalyptic narrative in Film, Fashion & Consumption. Both are graduates of the Communication, Culture and Media Ph.D. program at Drexel University.

img_1591Roberts is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Communication Arts Program at St. John’s University.  In addition to her doctorate, she holds an MA in Communication and a BA in Psychology. She developed research on CouchSurfing as a hybrid collective while studying communities across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Broadly, her work examines cultural narrative and identity; she is particularly interested in archetypes, consumer behavior, and sociality around themes of class, sexuality and space/place. She is also published in Applied Environmental Education & Communication, and serves as the co-chair for the Television Area of the Popular Culture Association and the chair for LGBTQ Studies at Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.

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Lascity is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Fashion Media at Southern Methodist University. In addition to his PhD, he holds a master’s degree in visual culture and costume studies from New York University. His research interests include fashion branding and the use of brands as communication. He has presented his research at several national conferences and his research has been published in the edited volume, Global Fashion Brands: Style, Luxury and History. He is currently editing a section of the upcoming Fashion Business Reader.