Melissa Beattie obtained her PhD in Television Studies from Aberystwyth University in 2017, focusing upon national and transnational identities in Torchwood. Her main research areas are transnational media, fan tourism and representation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Media in the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
Finley Freibert recently defended his dissertation—a history of gay and feminist media industries in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s—for his Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine. He researches in media industry studies and LGBTQ cultural history. Finley has been published in Film Criticism, and has written for a general audience in The Advocate and Washington Blade. Reach him on Twitter: @FinleyFreibert.
Belinda Glynn is a doctoral candidate at Monash University. She is interested in how female stars operated as figures of power and negotiation in classical Hollywood and spends much too much time watching black and white movies in the name of research.
Erin Gordon is an independent scholar, currently holding the position of Assistant Registrar at the University of Florida's Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL. She received an MA in Fashion Photography from the University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion in 2013 and completed a second MA in History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University in 2016. She was recently invited to serve as a program committee member and peer reviewer for the Comics and Popular Arts Conference. Her formal background in fine-art and art history informs her research, which interrogates pop culture and visual rhetoric, and explores gender roles, feminism, fan studies, and representations of women in popular media.
Brendan Harwood is an academic lecturing in animation and a PhD candidate in the School of Design. He has a keen interest in light and spatial relationships but has never left behind his formal training as an animator and continues to indulge as a fan and a mentor.
Christian B. Long lives in Brisbane, where he works in an office. He is the author of The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema, 1960-2000 (2017) and the co-editor of Film and the American Presidency (2015) and ReFocus: Albert Brooks (forthcoming).
Russell Manning completed a PhD at Monash University in 2018 writing on the intersection of Baudrillard and film philosophy. His thesis was entitled "Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson did not Happen: Is there a Baudrillardian Film Philosophy?" He has previously published chapters in The Office and Philosophy (2008), The Philosophy of David Lynch (2011), Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy (2012) and Terence Malik: Film and Philosophy (2014).
Nicholas E. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Valdosta State University, where he teaches multicultural American literature, gender and sexuality studies, and comics studies. His research focuses primarily on transmedial comics studies and includes publications in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society and Feminist Media Histories.
Whitney Monaghan is an Assistant Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. Her background is in screen, media and cultural studies and her research examines the representation of gender, queer and youth identities, digital culture, and new forms of screen media. She is the author of Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not 'Just a Phase'(Palgrave, 2016).
Chris Richardson is Chair of Communication Studies and Program Director of Popular Culture at Young Harris College in Georgia, USA. He also hosts This Is Not A Pipe Podcast, in which he interviews authors of critical theory, cultural studies, and philosophy. His research explores representations of crime in contemporary popular culture. He has written on video games, street gangs, Kanye West, 2Pac, and many other popular culture subjects. His most recent books include Habitus of the Hood with Dr. Hans Skott-Myhre and Covering Canadian Crime with Dr. Romayne Smith Fullerton.
Joshua Schulze is currently studying for the MA for Research in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick, where he also completed his BA in Film and Literature. His research interests include various aspects of horror cinema, cinema and architecture, and experimental film. His work has appeared in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and Horror Studies, as well as three chapters in forthcoming edited collections. He will begin doctoral study later this year.
Bridget Shaffrey is a 2017 Film/Media studies honors graduate from Bucknell University. Mentored by Professor Kenneth Eisenstein, Ms. Shaffrey focused her undergraduate dissertation on post-colonial trauma in Irish cinema. In 2017, she became a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, pursuing her MPhil in Film/Screen Studies. Graduating with distinction, Ms. Shaffrey wrote “Rosaries on the Rocks” under Dr. Martin Ruehl. She is now pursuing her MSt in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches history at Miss Porter’s School. Her research interests include portrayals of trauma in national cinema.
Julie Siedses is a PhD candidate at Monash University. She arrived at her thesis topic of New Romanian cinema via her Honours thesis on Italian Neorealism. Julie’s research focusses on the intersection of realism and intermediality in New Romanian cinema and how that helps to define the canon’s unique cinematic language. Along with her academic interest in world cinema, she enjoys classical Hollywood films, brainless reality television and laughing heartily at the absurdity of life.
Kate Warren is a Lecturer of Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University. She received her PhD in Art History from Monash University in 2016, and her current research focuses on cross-overs within contemporary film, video, moving image and photographic practices She was previously a curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, and she writes regularly about contemporary art and cinema, including in publications such as emaj: Online Journal of Art, Senses of Cinema, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, History of Photography, Persona Studies and Discipline.