John Donegan is a Ph.D. student in the Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University’s College of Communication. He has a B.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an M.B.A. in Finance from Pepperdine University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Joseph Giunta is from Queens, New York and a second year student in the Cinema Studies MA program at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His research focuses on genre studies, most prominently children’s film but also science fiction, disaster, and cult cinema, as well as modern auteur directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee.


Sanne Jansen is a postdoctoral B.A.E.F Fellow at Yale Law School and Columbia Law School and a research fellow at the Institute for the Law of Obligations, KU Leuven. She is working on projects concerning the Organization of Contractual Remedies and Ethical Consumerism in Contract Law. Her research interests and publications lie in the field of the law of obligations, contract and consumer law. She defended her PhD thesis in 2015 at the KU Leuven.

kimon_keramidasKimon Keramidas is Associate Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in New York University’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program. Kimon is a cultural historian of media and technology, whose teaching and research covers topics as diverse as digital humanities, interface experience, intellectual property rights, media materiality, interactive technology and pedagogy, and scenic design technology.

dara-p-murrayDara Persis Murray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College. Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Celebrity Studies. She has also published chapters in The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender and Cyberfeminism 2.0, as well as pieces in the online academic collaborative In Media Res.


Nicole NeSmith is a third year master’s student in the Department of Communication at University Illinois Chicago. She is an introductory speech instructor, a graduate assistant for social media and public relations in the Department of African American Studies, and a personal assistant of Les Enluminures in Chicago. Her research interests include reality TV, fandom, film, television “binge” streaming, and female health communication.

headshot_outside_NEW.jpgChris Odinet is the Horatio C. Thompson endowed assistant professor of law at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He teaches courses in property and commercial law, and his primary research interests deal with the role that debt and credit play in property transactions, particularly as seen from the consumer perspective. His recent publications have appeared in the Washington University Law Review and the Wake Forest Law Review.

img_20170202_164159-2Rukmini Pande is currently pursuing a PhD on Intersections of Identity in Media Fandom Communities at UWA. She has been published in multiple edited collections on Race in Media Fandom, including Seeing Fans (edited by Paul Booth and Lucy Bennett) and in Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World (ed Anne Jamison). She has a co-authored article on Race and Femslash in a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures (forthcoming).

ash-headshotAshley Pattwell is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Advertising at Rowan University. Her research on celebrity cybermourning uses grief as lens to explore celebrity/fan parasocial relationships, fan communities and consumer culture. Her other research interests include critical branding studies and popular culture. Her work has appeared in The International Journal of Communication and Popular Communication.

curlyLaura Seroka is pursuing a doctorate in Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a B.A. in Mass Communication from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Her research focuses on the intersection of communication and commodification of culture particularly in discourses surrounding gender, popular music, and organizational culture.


Emily West is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published in Journal of Consumer Culture, Popular Communication, Feminist Media Studies, and International Journal of Cultural Studies. She is also co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture (2013). Her areas of research are emotion and affect, health care consumerism, and digital forms of promotion.