My academic speciality is on the adaptation of event film and fan management in a digital age, and the impact of that management on box office results. My continued areas of focus are bridging Academic research and Industry practice: monetary return on popular adaptation/fan management, social media use/building your audience and brand, and traditional story and script development.
Twilight (film, 2008), The Lord of the Rings: Online (game, 2008), Captain America (film, 2009), Love at First Sight (short, 2010).
Lecturer: Signum University (https://signumuniversity.org/)
Taught at Twicon (2009), LeakyCon (2011), University of Mary Washington, George Fox University, High Point University, The Hay Festival (2014), Arts and Humanities Research Council (2016), and University of California: Northridge.
Guest Lectures: Wellesley College, Dartmouth College, University of California: Northridge, the University of Mary Washington, Gettysburg College, Arcadia University, Plymouth State University, George Fox University, University of New Hampshire, Reed College, California Lutheran University, High Point University, Columbus State University, Humboldt State University, and many, many high schools.
My Master's degree was in Arthurian Literature, focusing on medieval influence on modern writers. I've specific interests in Tolkien, Lewis, Susan Cooper, Mary Stewart, and modern fantasy adaptations based on medieval, and often earlier, source material. I've taught two summer schools on the subject: 1) British Fantasy Literature and Arthurian Legends, and 2) Castle Quests and Digital Fiction: Transmedia Storytelling.
- Article for hypeable.com on the Doctor Who Experience
- Theorizing Twilight (editor), McMillan 2011
- Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (contributor), 2010, "A Discussion with Game Designers The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar LOTRO.com."
- Chapter in Intellect's well-known Fan Phenomena series on The Lord of the Rings and its use of its fans when adapting text to film (2015)
- Authored the forward in Intellect's Fan Phenomena series on Twilight (2017). I also have an interview in there as well, where I discuss my work on Twilight.
- Currently participating in a research circle, and crowd-created academic content specifically on The Lord of the Rings and the Inklings (2018).