POPC MA Current Students

First Year Master's Students:

Shane Hesketh
Hometown: Ocoee, FL
B.A. in Humanities with a Concentration in Film Studies, Florida State University
Research Interests: Narratology and narrative theory, narrative criticism, comparative studies within film franchises (James Bond, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Rocky), Buffy studies

Zamirah Hussain
Hometown: Louisville, KY
B.A. in Comparative American Studies, Centre College
Research Interests: Representation, Film Studies, Fan Studies, Queer & Gender Studies, the South in media, aesthetics and performance.

Alex Kostrzewa

Joseph McManis
Hometown: Garden City, MI
BA in 20th Century Polish history, Arizona State University
MLS focusing on rare books & manuscripts, Indiana University
Research Interests: Libraries and material culture, book and printing history, ephemeral culture of television at the turn of the millennium

Jaymen Neff-Strickland
Hometown: Urbana, OH
B.A. in Film Production with a Minor in Creative Writing, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: Television Studies, Film Studies

Haley Shipley

Second Year Master's Students:

Oladoyin Abiona
Hometown: Ondo State, Nigeria
BA, Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria
MA, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Research Interests: Language and Society, Language and Education, Second Language Studies, Popular Culture, Discourse Analysis

Samantha Deckard
Hometown: Findlay, OH
BFA in Creative Writing with a Minor in Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 2018
Research Interests: Video Games (particularly RPGs), Genre Fiction, and Fandom Studies

John Maier Mora King
Hometown: Louisville, KY
B.A. in Popular Culture with a Minor in Communications, Berea College, 2015
Research Interests: Cultural manipulation through popular mediums; Personal identity through popular culture; Social evolution through popular music and mass culture

Emma Lynn

Hometown: Orem, UT
B.A. in Media Arts, Brigham Young University
Research Interests: Fan Studies, Media Literacy, Representation of Women in Media

Cheyenne White
Hometown: Silver Lake, Kansas
B.A. English Literature, Kansas State University
Research Interests: Books and Material Culture, Public History, Literature