Media, Cinema and Digital Studies



Current Students

Jessica Burch

email: jaburch@uwm.edu
Degree: MA

Interests: Film, pop culture, television, horror, feminism, gender constructs, representations of reproduction

Conference presentations:
  • "This Isn't a Democracy Anymore: Individualism and The Walking Dead." Beyond the Margins Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. May 2013.

Kalling Heck

email: kjheck@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD

Interests: Continental Philosophy, Art House Cinema

Conference presentations:
  • "Smoothing the Striated: Rethinking Deleuze and Guattari through Phil Solomon's Still Raining, Still Dreaming." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Boston, MA. March 2012.
  • "Bazin/Düttmann: A Repositioning of Bazin's Ontology." World Picture Conference. Toronto, CA. October 2011.
  • "Consensus, Parataxis, Eisenstein." World Picture Conference. Stillwater, OK. October 2010."

Brian Keilen

email: bkeilen@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD

Interests: Video games and gaming, media studies, popular culture

Conference presentations:
  • "A Tale of Two Snakes: Negotiating Masculinity in Metal Gear Solid." Battlegrounds: Sites and Sights of Conflict. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October 14, 2011
  • "Hegemony in Halo: A Phenomenological Approach." Popular Culture Association National Conference. San Antonio, TX, April 23, 2011


Bridget Kies

email: bkies@uwm.edu
website: www.bridgetkies.com
Degree: PhD

Interests: Masculinity, television, fan studies

Conference presentations:
  • "A Red Room of Her Own: The Dom/Sub Relationship Between Fans and Producers of Fifty Shades of Grey." SW/TX PCA/ACA, Albuquerque, NM, February 2013.
  • "First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: The Pleasure in Normalizing the Subversive." International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, York, UK, September 2012.
  • "Literary Culture Inside and Outside Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice." Tenth International Conference of the Book, Barcelona, Spain, July 2012.
  • "The Monstrous Male Body: Panic, Pregnancy, and Possession in the CW's Supernatural." SW TX PCA/ACA, Albuquerque, NM, February 2012.
  • "From Sacrificial Space Dudes to Hypermasculine Homophobes: Redefining Kirk and Spock." Film and History, Milwaukee, WI, November 2010.
  • "This Man Is My Friend: No One [Else] Touches Him." Textual Echoes Symposium, Umea, Sweden, February 2010.

Publications:

  • "The Monstrous Male Body." Supernatural: Fan Phenomena, edited by Lynn Zubernis and Katherine G. Larsen, Wilmington, NC: Intellect (forthcoming, 2014)
  • "Literary Culture Inside and Outside Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice." International Journal of the Book, vol. 10, no. 2 (forthcoming, 2013)
  • "One True Threesome: Reconciling Canon and Fan Desire in Star Trek: Voyager." In Textual Echoes, edited by Cyber Echoes, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 8. doi:10.3983/twc.2011.0248.

Teaching experience: English/Film Studies 111: Entertainment Arts - Film, Television, and the Internet


Molly McCourt

email: mmm72@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD

Interests: Intertextuality, collective memory, narrative, and gender performance in 20th and 21st century film, television, and literature.

Conference presentations:
  • "Lost in Last Resort: A Textual Autopsy." Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Media, Northern Illinois University, March 2013.
  • "Tupi or Not Tupi?: Finding Cannibalism in Karim Ainouz's Madame Sata." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2013
  • "A Masculine Mystique: Jay Gatsby, Don Draper, and the Illusion of the American Dream." Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Rochester, NY, March 2012
  • "The Pequod Meets Doris: Echoes of Ambivalence in Moby-Dick and Almost Famous." Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, February 2011.
  • "A Strange Journey: The Intertextuality of Rabelais, Bakhtin, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Defining the New: Experiments and Innovations in English Studies, Ohio University, October 2010.

Awards: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Distinguished Graduate Student Award (2013); University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor's Award (2011)

Teaching experience: English 111: Introduction to Entertainment Arts, Film Studies 212: Introduction to the Road Film


Katherine Morrissey

email: morriss9@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD

Interests: Digital and participatory culture, genre, depictions of romance, gender and sexuality within popular media, media studies, digital humanities research methods and pedagogy

Conference presentations:
  • "Saying Yes!: Romance and Reality in Wedding TV." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference. Washington, D.C., March 2013.
  • "Fifty Shades of Remix: The Shared Pleasures of Commercial and Fan Romances," International Conference on Popular Romance Studies, York, UK, September 2012.
  • "'He Learned a Lesson... I Got an Education': Female Desire in The Red Shoe Diaries," Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Milwaukee, October 2011.
  • "Sex and the City's Ambivalent Women," Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, February 2011.
  • "Fan Responses to Fan Research: Methods of Participation and Exchange," Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Minneapolis, October 2010.
Awards: James A. Sappenfield Fellowship (2011, 2012)

Teaching Experience: Bad Romance: Genres of Romance Across Media; Introduction to Television Studies; Entertainment Arts: Introduction to Film, Television and the Internet; Introduction to College Writing


Carter Moulton

email: cmoulton@uwm.edu
Degree: MA

Interests: Exhibition and spectatorship, blockbusters, media technologies, early and silent cinema, media events

Conference presentations:

  • "Reading Accents: Subtitles and Spectatorship in Multiplex Cinema." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2013.
  • "The Two Dimensions of the Three Dimensional Image." The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. Milwaukee, WI. February 2012.
  • "Conferencing in the Coffee Zone: Spatial Consideration as a Tool for Motivation." Marquette/UWM First-Year Composition Conference. Milwaukee, WI. December 2011.

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Justin Schumaker

email: schumak9@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD

Interests: Video Games, Digital Humanities, Phenomenology, Ecocriticism, Genre

Publications:
  • "Super-Intertextuality and Individualized Social Advocacy in Spider-Man and Kick-Ass." in The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film. Eds. Richard Gray and Despoina Kaklamanidou. (Jefferson: McFarland and Co.), 2011. 129-143.
Conference presentations:
  • "How the West was Played and Won: Video Games, The Frontier Mythology, and the Digitized West." Film and History Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 26-30 2012.
  • "Preservation through Play: L.A. Noire as Cinematic Preservation of the Noir Discourse." University Film and Video Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois, August 6-11 2012.
  • "Driving through Traffic: Exploring the Role of the Automobile in Open-World Videogames." South West-Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association's Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 8-12 2012.


Rachael Sullivan

email: sulliv97@uwm.edu
website: www.rachaelsullivan.com
Degree: PhD

Interests: Experimental literature, writing technologies, internet culture, digital humanities pedagogy

Conference presentations:

  • "The Liminal Textuality of Comments in Software Code." Society for Textual Scholarship (STS) Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2013.
    * "'give us an UNDO button': Facebook Timelines and the Passionate Error." Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC). Las Vegas, NV. March 2013."
  • "Analyzing Comics with Comics: First-Year Writers Meet Bitstrips." Computers and Writing. Raleigh, NC. May 2012.
  • "Between WordPress and a Hard Place." CCCC. St. Louis, MO. March 2012.
  • "Where's the Real Threat? Biometrics and the Digital (Human)ities." MMLA. Chicago, IL. November 2010.
  • "Twitter for Academics" (collaborator on Part I of a full-day workshop). Purdue University, Computers and Writing Conference. West Lafayette, IN. May 2010.
  • "Assigning Digital Sophie Books in the Poetry Workshop." Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Pedagogical Forum. Denver, CO. April 2010.
  • "DoubleClick Meets Dickinson: Remediating Poetry." Yale University, The Past's Digital Presence Grad Student Symposium. New Haven, CT. February 2010.
  • "The Book Stops Here: Teaching 'Texts'." The Ohio State University, Expanding Literacy Studies Grad Student Conference. Columbus, OH. April 2009.

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