MCDS Students

Jordan Adler

Degree: PhD

Interests: Film criticism; contemporary television; Israeli and Palestinian cinemas; depictions of Jewishness in cinema; film festivals; screen masculinity

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Death, Truth, and Videotape: Ghostly Reveries and Family Memories in Stand By For Tape Back-Up.” No More Room in Hell: A Half-Century of Undead Media conference. Pittsburgh, PA. September 2018.

Recent Publications:

  • “Penetrating the Depths of Teenage Life: Digital Participation and Subversive Sleuthing on Netflix’s American Vandal.” Offscreen. Vol. 22, Issue 7. September 2018
  • “Book Review: ‘Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today’s Art Film Culture,’ by Mattias Frey.” Synoptique Vol. 7, no. 1 (2018): 57-60.
  • “Solitude, Sizzle, and Uncertainty at the Toronto International Film Festival.” Offscreen. Vol. 21, Issue 9. September 2017.

Teaching Experience: ENG 102: College Research & Writing


Zach Anderson

Degree: PhD

Interests: Media historiography, images as historical evidence, theories of history

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Body-Worn Cameras and the Interrogation of ‘Analog’ Policing.” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, February 2018.
  • “Democracy at a Distance: Toward a Human History in the Films of Theo Angelopoulos and Miklós Jancsó.” Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM, February 2017.
  • “Acting As Author: The Intentions of Barbara Stanwyck.” Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. Indianapolis, IN, October 2014.

Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing; ENG 102: College Research and Writing; ENG/FILMSTD/ARTHIST 111: Entertainment Arts – Film, TV, Internet

Awards: UWM Chancellor’s Award (2017-2018)


Elaine Joy (EJ) Basa

Degree: PhD

Interests: Latin American and Transnational Cinema, Theories of Cinema and Experience, Theories of the Body: Memory, Trauma and Affect, Digital Humanities Tools, Storymaps

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Trauma Echoes: Recirculation and Mediation in Chilean Films After Allende.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA, March 2016.
  • “The Trace of Trauma: Affect and Memory in Chilean Documentary and Fiction Films After Allende.” Cinema at the End of the World Inaugural Conference. Monash University. Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 2015.
  • “On the Fringe Without Benefits: Cinematic Modes of Exile in Johnny Cien Pesos.” Annual Conference of The North Central Council of Latin Americanists. Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, Sep. 2015.

UWM Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing; ENG 102: College Writing and Research: ENG/FILMSTD/ARTHIST 111: Entertainment Arts: Film, TV, & the Internet

Awards: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Advanced Opportunity Fellow (2013-2016); CLACS Graduate Student/Advanced Undergraduate Research-Travel Award (Fall and Spring of 2014, 2015 & Spring 2016); Cinema at the End of the World 2015 Bursary Award; UWM AOP and Letters and Sciences Travel Award (2015); UWM English Department Travel Award (2015); CLACS Latin American Studies Association Congress 2014 Scholarship; UWM Chancellor’s Award (2013-2014); Northwestern University MALit Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award (2012)


Patrick Brame

Degree: PhD

Interests: Home Exhibition Practices, Spectatorship Theory, Cultural and Archaeological Histories of Media, Mediated Spatial Theory, Post 9/11 Horror and Science Fiction

Recent Publications:

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • Presented “Ghosts are Real: Subjective Digitality within Analog Space in Crimson Peak.” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. April 2017.
  • Presented “Dexter Morgan: The Traumatized American in a Post 9/11 World” at The Monstrous, the Marginalized, and Transgressive Forms of Humanity, University of Syracuse, NY. September 2012.

Teaching Experience: English 101 Introduction to College Writing; ENG 102: College Research and Writing; ENG/FILMSTD/ARTHIST 111: Entertainment Arts: Film, TV, and the Internet; Film Studies 205: History of Film I: Development of An Art; Film Studies 206: History of Film II: Development of An Art


Jacob Carter

Degree: MA

Research Interests: Queer Media Historiography, Queer Cinema, Archival Studies, Politics of Emotion, Performance Theory

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Feeling for the Dead: Cinema, Ephemerality, and Queer Archival Practices in Terence Davies’ Of Time and the City.” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Milwaukee, February 2018.

Recent Publications:

  • “A Place to Call Home: The Role of the Urban Imaginary in Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes.” The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism, vol. 7, 2017, pp. 57-63.
  • “Being Private in Public: Claudia Rankine and John Lucas’s ‘Situation’ Videos,” a presentation by Chad Bennett, Miranda [Online], no. 14, 2017, http://miranda.revues.org/10333

Allain Daigle

Degree: PhD

Interests: film history, history of science and technology, modernity, melodramas

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Glass Empires: Nationalism and Lens Production, 1914-1918.” Domitor, June 2018.
  • “Fast Glass: WWI and the Americanization of Early Lens Production.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 2018.
  • “Glass Empires: Cooke Lenses, WWI, and British Nationalism.” Film and History, November 2017.

Recent Publications:

  • “How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal.'” The Atlantic. May 13, 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/how-the-50-mm-lens-became-normal/560276/
  • “Not a Betting Man: Stanford, Muybridge, and the Palo-Alto Wager Myth.” Film History 29, no. 4 (2017): 112-130.
  • “Of Love and Longing: Queer Nostalgia and Carol (2015).” Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture. 2, no. 1 (2017). 199-211.
  • “(Post)Production: Classifications and Infrastructures of Digital Visual Effects.” Critical Studies in Media Communications 32, no. 3 (2015): 161-176.

Recent Video Publications:

Teaching Experience: Film and Literature; Film History: WWII-Present; Entertainment Arts: Film, TV, and the Internet; Modern Culture and Media; Intro to College Writing

Awards: R1 Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship (2018-2019);  Domitor Graduate Workshop Fellow (2016, 2018); AOP Fellowship (2015-2018); Domitor Student Essay Award (2016); UFVA Graduate Student Fellow (2015); UWM Chancellor’s Award (2015-2016)


Eddie Danecki

 Degree: PhD

 Interests: Horror Cinema and Media, Genre Theory, Queer Cinema, Latin American Cinema, Contemporary Global Cinema, European Cinema (1960-1980), Post-1980s American Television

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Space, Sexuality, & Disconnection: Lucia Puenzo’s XXY and Contemporary New Argentine Cinema.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Conference. Atlanta, GA, April 2016.
  • “Questioning Heteronormativity and the Nuclear Family in the films of Gregg Araki.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference. University of Notre Dame, April 2013.
  • Depauw University’s Honors Conference, April 2013.

Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing; ENG 102: College Writing and Research (Multimodal); ENG/FILMSTD/ARTHIST 111: Entertainment Arts: Film, TV, & the Internet

Awards: Chancellor’s Award (2013-2014); UWM Graduate Student Travel Award


Paul Doro

Degree: PhD

Interests: Horror, Independent Film, Representation and Ideology in Film and Media, Popular Culture

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Not Quite Indie, Not Exactly Mainstream: Why A24 is the Most Interesting Distributor in the Business.” Film and History Conference. Milwaukee, WI, October 2016.

Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing


Joni Hayward

 

Degree: PhD

Interests: New Cinema History, Film Historiography, Documentary, Eco-Cinema, Useful Cinema/Pedagogical Film, Industry Film, Media Ecologies, Film & Natural Resources, Environmentalism & Cinema

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “The Obedient Flame(s): Women & Gas Industry Films in Interwar Britain”   Screen Conference, Glasgow 2018
  • “Through the Data: Addressing Environmentalism Through Image-Based Multiplicity,” Midwestern Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) Milwaukee 2018
  • “No Safe Space: Economic Anxiety and Post-Recession Spaces in Horror Films”

Recent Publications:

  • “No Safe Space: Economic Anxiety and Post-Recession Spaces in Horror Films,” Frames Cinema Journal: Special Issue The Future of Horror. 2017

Teaching Experience: ENG101 Introduction to College Writing; ENG102 Introduction to College Research; Entertainment Arts 111 Introduction to Film, Television, and Media; TA Art History 205-Film History

Awards: Center for Twenty-first Century Studies (C21) Tennessen Award Recipient UW-Milwaukee  2018- 2019; James A. Sappenfield Fellowship Recipient UW-Milwaukee Spring 2017; Chancellor’s Award Recipient UW-Milwaukee 2016-2017 Academic Year


Jessica Johnston

Degree: PhD

Research Interests: Feminist Media Studies, Girlhood Studies, Reality TV, Celebrity and Star Studies, Digital Culture

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “White Women’s Wrath: Reconsidering Feminist Narrative Television in a Post-election Context.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto, Canada, March 2018.
  • “The Managed 8-Bit Heart: Technology, Status, and Emotional Labor in Black Mirror.” Single Lives 2017: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture. University College Dublin, Ireland, October 2017.
  • “Growing Up Trans: Negotiating the Celebrity and Labor of Teen Activist Jazz Jennings.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Chicago, IL, March 2017.

Recent Publications:

  • “Under Western (Girls’) Eyes: Cultural Appropriation and Feminism in the Celebrity Fashion of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.” In Celebrity and Youth Collection, edited by Spring-Serenity Duvall, Peter Lang Publishing, 2018: forthcoming.
  • “The Reality of ‘Messy Real Life’: Jazz Jennings and the Dramatisation of Young Transgender Celebrity in TLC’s I Am Jazz.” In “The New Reality of Reality Celebrity,” edited by Erin Meyers and Alice Leppert, Celebrity Studies, 2018, pp. 1-15.
  • “The Doll ‘InBetween’”: Online Doll Videos and the Intertextuality of Tween Girl Culture.” In “Locating Tween Girls,” edited by Melanie Kennedy and Natalie Coulter, Girlhood Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, 2018, pp. 59-74.
  • “Subscribing to Sex Edutainment: Sex Education, Online Video, and the YouTube Star.” Television and New Media, vol. 18, no. 1, 2017, pp. 76-92.
  • “Doctor Who-Themed Weddings and the Performance of Fandom.” In “Performance and Performativity in Fandom,” edited by Lucy Bennett and Paul J. Booth, Transformative Works and Culture, no. 18, 2015.

UWM Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing; ENG 102: College Research and Writing; ENG/FILMSTD/ARTHIST 111: Entertainment Arts – Film, TV, and the Internet; ENG/FILMSTD 291: Intro to Television Studies, FILMSTD/ARTHIST 205: History of Film I

Awards: James A. Sappenfield Fellowship in English (2018); Eliana G. Berg Award for Graduate Research (2017); Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship (2016-Present); Heldrich-Dvorak Travel Fellowship, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (2014); UWM Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (2013-2014)


Ryan House

Degree: PhD

Interests: Games studies, narrative, digital media, interface theory, remediation, digital humanities

Recent Conference Presentations:

  •  “When Games End: Leaving the Magic Circle.” Embracing the Gap – Beginnings and Endings Panel. Electronic Literature Organization International Conference – Mind the Gap, Montréal, Canada, August 13-17, 2018.
  • “Playing God: Creating and Destroying Life in LOCALHOST and The Talos Principle.” Popular Culture Association National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 28-31, 2018.
  • “A Game by Any Other Name: An Examination of Film and Game Design Theory in Virginia.” Electronic Literature Organization International Conference – Affiliations, Communities, Translations, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, July 20, 2017.

Recent Publications:

  • “The Author Interface: Rethinking Authorship Through Ludoliterary Analysis of The Stanley Parable and The Beginner’s Guide.” Paradoxa. Ed. Astrid Ensslin. December 2017.

Teaching Experience:Game Studies, College Composition, Technical and Professional Writing

Awards:University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (2018), Electronic Literature Organization Marjorie C. Luesebrink Career Achievement Graduate Student Award (2018)


Luisa Hyojin Koo

Degree: PhD

Interests: Horror films, zombie films, race and gender, diaspora, popular culture

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Zombie Ontology and Fear of Minoritization: From Yellow Peril to Zombie Phenomenon.” Graduate Workshop on Cultural Studies in Asia, National University of Singapore, February 2014.
  • “The Masculine and the Abject: Defiance of the Stereotypical Feminine Orient.” Cultural Studies in the Asian Context, Hong Kong Baptist University, January 2014.
  • “Rape and Otherization: from ‘Yellow Peril’ to Zombie Phenomenon.” English Language and Literature Association of Korea, Yonsei University, June 2013.

Recent  Publications:

  • “The Masculine and the Abject: Defiance of the Stereotypical Orient in M. Butterfly.” The 21st Century Association of English Language and Literature1 (2014): 93-109.

Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing


Hee-seong Lim

Degree: PhD

Interest: Film adaptation, film theory, gothic/horror films, and Asian cinema

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “The Gothic Wilderness as the Alternate Worlds in Irving’s Story and Burton’s Film.” Literature and Film Association Annual Conference, Rowan University, NJ, October 2016.

Molly McCourt

Degree: PhD

Interests: Masculinity, national identity, road narratives, and the American Dream in 20th and 21st century film and television

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Subversives in Jordache: Family and Nostalgia in FX’s “The Americans.”  Console-ing Passions, South Bend, Indiana, June 2016.
  • “’The Same Ridiculous Delusion’: Being a Man in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road.” Film and History Conference, Madison, WI, November 2015.
  • “‘In Rust We Trust’: Examining the World Order of American Pickers.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, QC. March 2015

Recent Publications:

  • “Melodrama and the Masculine Turn.” with Bridget Kies. In “Women, Soap Opera, and New Generations of Feminists,” edited by Christine Geraghty and Elke Weissmann, special dossier, Critical Studies in Television 11.2 (2016): forthcoming.
  • “Mad Men in the Classroom.” Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch: Thinking About Television’s Mad Men, Second Edition.  Eds. Jennifer C. Dunn, Jimmie Manning, and Danielle M. Stern, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, May 2015.
  • “’A Strange Journey’: Finding Carnival in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Fan Phenomena, edited by Marisa Hayes, Wilmington, NC: Intellect, 2015.

Teaching Experience: FILMSTD 212: Film, Television, and Masculinity; FILMSTD 212: Introduction to the Road Film; ENG/FILMSTD/ARTHIST 111: Entertainment Arts – Film, Television, and the Internet

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


Kyle Miner

Degree: PhD

Interests: Contemporary U.S. Independent Cinema, Digital Cinema and Online Distribution, Film Theories of Cognition and Experience

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Toward a Continuous Field: ‘Folded’ Subjectivities in the Affective Networks of Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.” Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), Milwaukee, WI, July 2018.
  • “Ghostly Trajectories: Neorealism and Urban Movement in Ramin Bahrani’s ‘American Dream’ Trilogy.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (SCMS), Chicago, IL, 2017.

Recent Publications:

  • “Toward a Continuous Field: ‘Folded’ Subjectivities in the Affective Networks of Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.” Film Philosophy (forthcoming 2018).
  • “Ghostly Trajectories: Neorealism and Urban Movement in Ramin Bahrani’s ‘American Dream’ Trilogy.” Jump Cut (forthcoming 2019).

Teaching Experience: ENG 192: Weird Media; ENG/FILMSTD 111: Entertainment Arts – Film, Television, and the Internet, ENG 101 & 102: Intro to College Writing and Research


Christopher J. Olson

Degree: PhD

Interests: Cult cinema; history of cinema; professional wrestling; transnational/transcultural pop culture; gender in media; masculinity studies

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “The Lucha Underground Remix: Transnational/Transcultural Hybridity in a Serialized Wrestling Show.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2018.
  • “When is a Work Not a Work for Professional Wrestlers?: Negotiating Kayfabe, Brand, and Bookings on Social Media.” International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018,
  • “‘I don’t belong in the world.’: Carnival of Souls and Emergent Feminism in the Early Half of the Sexual Revolution.” The Ninth Annual Joint Gender & Women’s Studies Conference. River Forest, Illinois, March 2017.

Recent Publications:

  • Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle. With CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (eds.). Routledge (In process)
  • “Blondie’s Odyssey: The Homeric Journey Narrative and the Deconstruction of American Mythmaking in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” In Classics and the Western, edited by Sue Matheson. McFarland Books. (In process)
  • “Why Professional Wrestling Studies Now?” Popular Culture Studies Journal (Special Edition), Vol. 6 (1). With CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Garrett Castleberry (eds.). (2018)
  • The 100 Greatest Cult Films. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press (2018)
  • “AKA Marvel Does Darkness: Jessica Jones, Rape Allegories, and the Netflix Approach to Superheroes.” With CarrieLynn D. Reinhard. In Jessica Jones, Scarred Superhero: Essays on Gender, Trauma, and Addiction in the Netflix Series, edited by Tim Rayborn and Abby Keyes. McFarland Publishing. (2018)
  • Heroes, Heroines and Everything in Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children’s Entertainment Media. With CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (eds.). Lexington Books. (2017)
  • “Shakespeare, Didgeridoos, and Samurai Cowboys: Remixing National and Cultural Identities in Sukiyaki Western Django.” (October 2016). The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Vol. 4 (1 & 2): 83-105.
  • Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema. With CarrieLynn D. Reinhard. Lexington Books. (2016)
  • Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship. With CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (eds.). Bloomsbury (2016)

Teaching experience: English 101: Introduction to College Writing (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee); The World of the Cinema (Harry S. Truman College); Masculinity and Communication (Dominican University); Race and Communication (Dominican University); The Ethical Superhero (Dominican University)

Awards: 2017: Chancellor’s Grant, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; 2016, Fred E. H. Schroeder Paper Award, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association; 2013: Merit scholarship, De Paul University


Kristopher Purzycki

Degree: PhD

Interests: Computer games, software preservation, multimodal composition, publication platforms, game development, electronic literature, ecocriticism

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Serious Play on Twitch: Experiments in Academic Streaming” (panel); Meaningful Play 2018
  • “Pedagogy and Playfulness: Exploring Games in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2018.
  • “Possibilities and Realities of Digital Humanities Across Disciplines: What can other disciplines learn from DH and what can DH learn from other disciplines?” Roundtable, HASTAC Conference, 2017.

Recent Publications:

  • Not Just Play: Essays on Motivations and Impacts of Pokémon GO (co-editor, with Andrew Kulak, Jamie Henthorn, and Stephanie Vie. McFarland, Fall 2019 (forthcoming).
  • “Playing Radically: Using Games to Introduce Procedural Power Analysis”. Playing with the Rules: The Ethics of Playing, Researching, and Teaching Games in the Writing Classroom. Eds. Richard Colby, Rebekah Schultz Colby, and Matthew S. S. Johnson. (forthcoming).
  • “Gone Home.” Learning, Education, and Games Vol. 3. ETC Press. 2018 (forthcoming).

Jessica Sellin-Blanc

Degree: PhD

 Interests: Horror television, queer theory, disability studies, aesthetics, gender and video game culture

Conference Presentations:

  • “McLuhan’s Mosaic: Westworld and the Global Village.” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. Milwaukee, WI. February, 2017.
  • “Bates Motel: The Uncanny House as a Localized Site of Identity.” Film and History Conference. Milwaukee, WI. October, 2017.
  • “SHER-locked: Unlocking Sherlock’s Post-Modern Narrative Through Technology.” Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present. London, UK, June 2013.

 Teaching Experience: ENG/FILMSTD 111: Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet; ARTHIST 205: History of Film I; ENG 101: Intro to College Writing


Dave Stanley

Degree: MA

Interests: Genre Film & TV (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia), Video Games as
Literature, Animation and Anime, Semiotic Theory, Language Studies.

Conference Presentations:

  • “Mad Max Signifier Road: Resisting Signification and Asserting Subjectivity in the ‘Mad Max’ Reboot.” PCA/ACA Regional Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2016.
  • “Cowboys Vs. Samurais: Americanization as Inverse Cultural Influence in Cowboy Bebop.” PCA/ACA Regional Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2017.

Teaching Experience: ENG 101: Intro to College Writing


Ben Teel

Degree: MA, MLIS

Interests: memory and nostalgia, spatial ethnography, experimental and avant-garde cinemas,
digital preservation, archival ethics, photography