Institute of Communications Research
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Communications and Media, May 2014 (expected)
Graduate minors in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies
Dissertation: Orienting Fandom: The Discursive Production of Sports and Speculative Media Fandom in the Internet Era
M.A. California State University, East Bay
Media and Cultural Studies, June 2008
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
English with Distinction in General Scholarship, May 2004
Minor in Spanish and Portuguese, May 2004
Stanfill, Mel. (2013). “‘They’re Losers, but I Know Better’: Intra-Fandom Stereotyping and the Normalization of the Fan Subject.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 30 (2): 117-134 doi:10.1080/15295036.2012.755053
Stanfill, Mel. (2012) “Finding Birds of a Feather: Multiple Memberships and Diversity without Divisiveness in Communication Research.” Communication Theory 22 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2011.01395.x.
Stanfill, Mel. (2011) “Doing Fandom, (Mis)doing Whiteness: Heteronormativity, Racialization, and the Discursive Construction of Fandom.” Transformative Works and Cultures 8: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2011.0256.
Edited Special Issues
Stanfill, Mel and Megan Condis, eds. (Forthcoming, March 2014) Special issue on Fandom and/as Labor. Transformative Works and Cultures 15.
Stanfill, Mel. (2013) “Fandom, Public, Commons.” Transformative Works and Cultures 14: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2013.0530.
Stanfill, Mel, and Rayvon Fouché. (2012) “(How) Have Technological Shifts Changed Being a Sports Fan?” Culture Digitally. http://culturedigitally.org/2012/04/how-have-technological-shifts-changed-being-a-sports-fan/.
Selected Manuscripts In Progress
Underdogs, the Usual Suspects, and the Great Third World Hope: The Inter/Nationalist Politics of World Cup Support
Jamming Culture: Musical Intertextuality as Transformative Work from the Sample to the Cover Song
“Guys who’ve never slept with a woman and women who have”: Xena: Warrior Princess Fans and Cultural Anxieties of Sexuality
The Resurrection of the Author: Fans, Textual Authority, and “the Creator”
“Like the one from series two, ep eleven, just before the second act break”: Representations of Fan Obsession in Xena: Warrior Princess
Recent Presentations of Research
Presentation to Civic Paths Graduate Research Group, Media Activism and Participatory Politics Project, University of Southern California, April 2013
“Fandom, Transmedia, and Consumption 2.0,” Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Denver CO, October 2013
“Between Commodity and Consent: Implications of the Vanishing Distinction between Play and Work,” Invited Panelist at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2013
“Fannormalization: The Production of Fandom as Consumption in Film Representation” National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2012
“Old fashioned Economics for New Media Fanlabor? Theorizing Fan Work between Gift Economy and the Labor Theory of Value” Console-ing Passions, Boston, MA, July 2012
“The Interface as Discourse: Producing Norms of Sports Fandom through Web Design,” International Communication Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ, May 2012