Monica Flegel is an associate professor at Lakehead University in Canada. Her primary research and teaching is based on cultural studies, focusing on everything from pet culture to fan studies. She is the author of two books: Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England (Ashgate, 2009) and Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2015). Her research in fan studies is the result of a partnership with Jenny Roth, Department of Women’s Studies, Lakehead University. This study, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant, examines the role of copyright, economic exchange, and gender in fan culture. Flegel and Roth have published articles on the subject in Journal of Fan Studies (2013), Continuum (forthcoming), and Journal of Popular Culture (forthcoming).
Anne Gilbert is a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. She researches audiences and fan communities, media industries, and participatory media in contemporary culture. Her work has been published in Genre, Reception, and Adaptation in the “Twilight” Series (Ashgate, 2012) and in the forthcoming Dislike, Hate, and Anti-Fandom in the Digital Age (2015), and she has articles forthcoming on masculinity and the “bronies” phenomenon and on community, sexuality, and e-publishing women’s genre fiction. She received a PhD in media studies from Rutgers University; her dissertation focused on the notion of interactivity among fans and industries in popular culture.
Anne Kustritz is an assistant professor of television and cross-media culture at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in fan studies, queer theory, digital economies, and media anthropology. Her work appears in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures.
Allison McCracken is associate professor of American studies at DePaul University. She is the author of Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture (Duke University Press, 2015). Her work focuses on media studies, gender and queer studies, and US cultural history. Her writing has appeared in the edited volumes Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Duke University Press, 2007) and The Radio Reader (Routledge, 2002). She has written numerous articles for the online journals Flow and Antenna and is currently doing work on feminine-gendered fan sites at conventions and on Tumblr.
Lori Hitchcock Morimoto is an adjunct assistant professor of film and anime studies at Northern Virginia Community College. She has published essays on transcultural fandom and Japanese female fandom of overseas stars for Transformative Works and Cultures and Participations, as well as on transnational Japanese cinema for Scope and Asian Cinema. [End Page 182]