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Mel Stanfill

Texts and Technology

University of Central Florida



Ph.D.         University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Communications and Media, May 2015.

Graduate minors in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies

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 Language and Literature

Academic Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Texts and Technology and Digital Media, University of Central Florida, 2016-

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, American Studies, Purdue University, 2015-2016

Visiting Lecturer, Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Instructional Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Illinois State University, 2015


Peer-Reviewed Publications

2016 “(Dis)locating Nations in the World Cup: Football Fandom and the Global Geopolitics of Affect.” Social Identities. doi:10.1080/13504630.2016.1157466. With Angharad N. Valdivia

2015 “The Interface as Discourse: The Production of Norms through Web Design.” New Media & Society 17 (7): 1059-1074. doi:10.1177/1461444814520873.

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.

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.

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

2014 “Fandom and/as Labor,” special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures 15. doi:10.3983/twc.2014.0593. With Megan Condis.


Essays and Book Chapters

2017 “Where the Femslashers are: Media on the Lesbian Continuum,” Transformative Works and Cultures.

2016 “Straighten up and Fly White: Whiteness, Heteronormativity, and the Representation of Happy Endings for Fans.” In Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture, edited by Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

2015 “Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton: Lessons for Fandom from Sampling.” Cinema Journal 54 (3) pp. 131-37. doi: 10.1353/cj.2015.0021.

2013 “Fandom, Public, Commons.” Transformative Works and Cultures 14: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2013.0530.


Curated Academic Blog Posts

2015 “Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton.” In Media Res

2012 “(How) Have Technological Shifts Changed Being a Sports Fan?” Culture Digitally. With Rayvon Fouché.


Selected Presentations of Research

2016 “Safe on Campus?: Undergraduates on Campus and Classroom Inclusivity,” Paper Presentation, Console-ing Passions Conference, South Bend, IN, June.

Presentation, “Belief is 9/10 of the Law: Media Industry Ideologies of Intellectual Property and their Effects,” American Bar Foundation, May.

“From Surplus Desire to Profit: Audiences, Consumption, and the Management of Desire,” Invited Panel Participant, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, March.

2015 Presentation, “Fandom, Remix, and Labor,” University of Portland, November.

“The Internet Intellectual Property Imaginary: The Case of Fandom,” Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October.