I am a doctoral student in communication at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. I am also a self-proclaimed geek and a Michigan native. My work to date has focused primarily on racial and gender identities in fandom and popular culture as well as internet culture and interspecies communication.
I received my BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College in 2009 where I also worked extensively on leading student writing workshops and teaching theatricality and circus techniques in the student organization I co-founded, Cirque du K.
After my undergraduate education, I went on to pursue an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which I completed in 2013. After completing this degree, I worked for two years as a performer and assistant director at the New York Renaissance Faire where I continued to teach circus arts, theatricality, and storytelling practices to fellow performers.
In the 2014-15 academic year, I completed my MA in Performance Studies at New York University. At NYU, I pursued research on political cross-racial cosplay, memoir as critical theory, issues of abjection in conjunction with #GamerGate and other themes surrounding fandom, social media technology and critical race and gender theory.
I have been a nerd since birth and a fanfiction writer since age 13 (aka season seven of The X-Files). Since attending my first convention, New York Comic Con, at the Javits Center in 2013, I have had the good fortune to attend and do research at Comikaze (aka Los Angeles Comic Con), Comic-Con International: San Diego, and Wondercon.
My dissertation will focus on race and gender at comic cons, undoubtedly including research from this project.
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