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about the authors + daniel leonard bernardi is professor and chair of the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Film and Television Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. His main academic interests are: narrative theory, cultural studies, and new media. Bernardi is also an officer in the Unites States Navy Reserves. He has served at sea on the USS Coronado (LPD 7), the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and the USS Cleveland (LPD 7), as well as at shore in Italy, Iraq, Indonesia, and several island countries in Oceania and at the Pentagon with the Chief of Navy Information. From May 2009 to February 2011 he was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he worked with Special Operations Task Force–Central. He is the author of Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future, several edited books, and numerous articles on film, television, and new media. pauline hope cheong is an associate professor of communication at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University ( She is a co-principal investigator of a multidisciplinary project on extremist narratives and has received awards for her research on communication technologies and culture. She has published in numerous international journals and is lead co-editor of Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices, Futures as well as New Media and Intercultural Communication: Identity, Community and Politics. chris lundry is an assistant research professor at the Consortium for Strategic Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication , Arizona State University, where he is the group’s Southeast Asia expert. A political scientist by training, he explores intersections of identity and conflict , separatism, terrorism, human rights, and democracy. He has worked with several non-governmental organizations in Indonesia and East Timor, and monitored both the 1999 plebiscite in East Timor as a United Nations– accredited observer and the 2004 Indonesian presidential elections with the Carter Center. scott w. ruston is an assistant research professor with Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, where he specializes in narrative theory and media studies. He combines his academic background with experience as a Naval Reserve Officer to bring awareness of narrative, cultural studies, and new media technologies to issues of strategic communication and plans/policy development. In addition, he is an expert on the art, education, and entertainment uses of mobile and interactive media and has published on narrative and mobile media technologies in journals such as Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies and The International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction. about the authors 208 ...


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