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An Academic's Sojourn Through Communication

CfC: Gender Identity and Sexuality in Children’s Media

Call for Chapters for Book Proposal The editors are seeking chapter proposals for a collection of essays that examine children’s media for non-stereotypical and/or counter-stereotypical portrayals of gender identities and … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Little Pony on The Pop Culture Lens

In the fourteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher and I are joined by Aaron Kashtan of Miami University in Ohio ( to discuss the gendered and transmedia … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Men Watching Sex and the City, My Little Pony, and Oklahoma

The most recent issue of Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies contains an article I wrote based on the study I conducted for my dissertation. I wrote this article … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Categorizing Fractured Fandom

Defining Fractured Fandom According to the discipline of fan studies, at this point in history, being a fan is considered a positive for any individual. Being a fan helps people … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Feminist Tensions in The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part 2

At the Midwest Popular Culture Association‘s 2014 conference, Chris and I presented the first analysis from our exorcism cinema project. The presentation is titled: Feminist tensions in exorcism cinema: Case … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Encoding-Decoding-Recoding Model of Media Studies

This blog posts continues the dissection of my dissertation that I began by introducing the topic of gendered media engagings earlier this year. This post focuses on a model I … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Adventure Time, BMO and the Networked Self

Chris Olson wrote this initial take on the representation of BMO in the cartoon series Adventure Time for a class paper.  In the paper he argues that BMO\’s representation in the series … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Men and Their Engagements with Stereotypically Feminine Media Products

The following is an excerpt from the paper I will be presenting at the 2014 Central States Communication Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This paper presents a new analysis from … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 3): Why It Matters

This is the third part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  The second part was on defining gender. Why studying gendered media engagings … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 2): Defining Gender

This is the second part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  Theoretical constructions of gender In order to properly begin a discussion … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

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