Reconstruction 11.4 (2011)

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Maitrayee Basu, is a recent M.A. Culture and Society graduate of the London School of Economics, after gaining her first degree from Middlesex University Dubai. Maitrayee's recent publications include " Postmodern Journalism, and the Public'New Journalism', Subjectivity and Postmodern News" in Proof: Journalists Defending Journalism Set 2, September 2010. [article]

Graham Barnfield co-edited "The War on Terror in news and popular culture," Journal of War and Culture Studies 4.2 (September 2011) with Philip Hammond. [article]

Mark Beachill is a Ph.D. student in 20th Century American History at the University of Sunderland. He is currently researching race and the public sphere in the 2008 US Presidential election. [article]

Jonathan M. Bullinger is a media studies student in the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information Ph.D. program. His research involves the study of the politics of images and branding; as well as social issues including the representation of homelessness and labor in print media. [article]

Mike Dillon is a Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts, with a background in East Asian Studies. He is also a Japan Foundation research fellow. His dissertation, entitled "Dead Zones," examines media engagements with contemporary forms of transnational violence. "Bauer Power" represents work being completed on one of the dissertation's chapters. [article]

Mike S. DuBose is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Toledo.  He has published scholarship on topics ranging from the media depictions of authority and hierarchy in a supposedly postmodern world, to the state of academic labor. He currently teaches writing and literature courses, plays guitar in a rock band, and raises his daughter. [article]

Dr. Bill Durodié is an Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme for Chatham House in London, as well as an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Previously he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis of Cranfield University and a Senior Research Fellow in the War Studies Group of King's College London. His main research interest is in understanding the causes and consequences of contemporary perceptions of risk, as well as how these are framed and communicated. Dr Durodié was educated at Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, and New College Oxford. He was awarded his PhD by the Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management at Middlesex University. [article]

Andy Engel is a Ph.D. candidate at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Having previously studied architecture, and with a current focus on spatial rhetorics, Engel's research is in conversation with work done in rhetorical theory and studies relating to HCI where rhetorical, digital, and spatial practices and theories actively intersect. He argues that such intersections necessitate examining the changing state of what it means to be a citizen in post-industrial, urban, and increasingly digital contexts. [article]

Rolf Halse is a doctoral candidate in Media Studies at the University of Bergen. Halse is currently working on his dissertation, where he examines the US TV-serial 24’s representation of Muslim characters and how different interpretive communities in Norway and in the US perceive them. His research interests include the politics of representation and audience reception, especially in regards to US TV-serial drama. He has a forthcoming article in Nordicom Review (2012) which is related to the article presented here, titled "Negotiating boundaries between us and them: Ethnic Norwegians and Norwegian Muslims speak out about the ‘next door neighbour terrorist’ in 24." [article]

Philip Hammond is Professor of Media & Communications and head of the Centre for Media & Culture Research at London South Bank University. He is the author of Media, War and Postmodernity (Routledge, 2007), Framing Post-Cold War Conflicts (Manchester University Press, 2007) and, with Andrew Calcutt, of Journalism Studies: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2011). Hammond is the editor of Cultural Difference, Media Memories (Cassell, 1997), Screens of Terror: Representations of War and Terrorism in Film andTelevision Since 9/11 (Abramis, 2011) and, with Edward S. Herman, of Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis (Pluto Press, 2000). [article]

Janet Harris was a documentary director at the BBC for many years, going freelance in 2002. She was embedded with the British Army in Iraq during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and 2004. In 2009 she returned to Iraq to make news programmes for Iraqi television. She is now doing a PhD at Cardiff University on the news and documentary coverage of the British military in Iraq from 2004-2009. [article]

Michael Johnson Jr.,is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at Washington State University. As an instructor, he currently teaches both introductory and upper division, interdisciplinary undergraduate courses in Critical Culture, Race and Gender Studies. He is a Ronald E. McNair Fellow at WSU and currently serves as the Area Chair for Gender & Sexual Identity for the Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference. Michael is an Associate Editor for the NeoAmericanist. And his work can be found in the Journal of Men's Studies, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture and he has published chapters in edited collections by Praeger, Palgrave Macmillan, Information Age Press, and Cambridge Scholars Press. Michael's primary research interests include critical media studies, the intersections of queer and ethnoracial (re)presentations in media and their political economic production. Michael is an avid fresh-water aquarium hobbyist, enjoys listening to the blues and has unhealthy relationships with Facebook and Gentleman Jack Daniels. [article]

Dr. Arin Keeble is a Teaching Assistant in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, contributing to such courses as Contemporary US Fictions: Power, Consumption & Identity. His recent publications include "Marriage, Relationships, and 9/11: The Seismographic Narratives of Falling Man, The Good Life, and The Emperor's Children" in The Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Number 2, 1 April 2011. His article " Joseph O'Neil's Netherland and 9/11 Fiction" will appear in the upcoming issue of The European Journal of American Cultures: Vol 31 Number 1 (2012). [article]

Yuliya Ladygina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Literature at the University of Californian, San Diego. Her dissertation focuses on the literary oeuvre of Olha Kobylianska (1863-1942), one of the most paradoxical figures in contemporary Ukrainian literature, investigating the evolution of Ukrainian national discourse in Kobylianska's fictional and nonfictional writings. Yuliya's research and teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-Century Russian and Ukrainian Literature, 19th-Century Russian Intellectual History, Soviet and Contemporary Russian Cinema, issues of nationalism in Eastern Europe and Russia's relations with its neighboring nations. [article]

Britt Eira Long is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California at Davis. Her dissertation explores the cultural processes of speculation, desire, and play in American science fiction and alternate history. Other research includes topics in narratology, queer and gender studies, and fan studies. She has also published fiction and poetry. She received her BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she is lucky enough to live.[article]

Francesca Negri recently received her Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2008 she won the Fernaldo di Giammatteo critics’ prize presenting her thesis on the American TV series 24, which became the book The Golden Age of Contemporary Fiction: the 24 Case History (2009). Her current research focuses on the Italian political cinema and its relations with the cultural industry and the market, a topic about which she has published numerous articles, like the recent "Men against: For an analysis of the political cinema as a cultural product" (2011). [article]

Michelle Ouellette returned to the classroom in the fall of 2011 after eight years as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Consultant for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. She is a past recipient of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association Best Practice Award and earned the Ontario Computer Technology Educators' Achievement Award for her work in fostering gender equity in technology studies, in creating e-waste programs and in developing inclusive curriculum. [photos cover and intro]

Cristian Pralea has an American Culture Studies Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and teaches American Studies at Transilvania University. Over the years he has published a range of scholarship dealing with social critique and cultural analysis, being particularly interested in new media theory.[article]

Shazia Rahman is Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University. Her research interests include but are not limited to theories of cosmopolitanism, diaspora, and postcolonial feminism. Her work has appeared in Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, and ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. She is currently working on a book on cosmopolitanism.[article]

Broc Rossell is a poet from California. He's also doctoral student in poetry and poetics at the University of Denver, a poetry critic for Harvard Review, and a general critic for Los Angeles Review of Books. [article]

Andrew J. Salvati is a media studies Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. His research interests are at the intersection of history, memory and identity. He is concerned with how the past has come to be represented within media contexts, as well as how media technologies and institutions are historically constructed. [article]

Bruno Starrs has graduated from six Australian universities, acquiring Masters degrees from Bond University and the University of Melbourne. His PhD is from Queensland University of Technology and resulted in a Research Fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive and publication of the book Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer (VDM, 2009). Other writing includes numerous academic papers, stage and screen plays, short stories and two novels. [article]

Amanda Tai is a poet and scholar who is receiving her degree in International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Last fall, she helped curate The Biennale of Chianciano 2011 at the Chianciano Art Museum in Chianciano Terme in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. A member of the European Confederation of Art Critics, she is currently studying democracy and political philosophy at the University of Oxford in England. [article]

Barbara Wopperer has graduated in American Cultural and Literary History and Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and recently finished a two year study-program in cultural journalism at the HFF Munich. [article]

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