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).
I've worked in UK Higher Education for thirteen years. I'm American myself, and did two degrees in the UK (MA, PhD), I currently work for a British University, and I am shortly going to be working for Study in Wales - promoting Welsh education in the US. I have a strong knowledge of all of the higher education institutions in the UK at all levels.
Head of Development, Elfin Productions
Reader, Ffilm Cymru
Script Editor (Freelance, BFI, Gravy Media)
Expert panelist at the Hay Festival, TwiCon, LeakyCon, AHRC, and Ffilm Cymru training events
Educational Consultant - individual clients
Lecturer: Signum University (https://signumuniversity.org/) , CAPA University (London, UK)
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, amongst others.
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 J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. 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.