Suzanne Scott is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include fan studies, media convergence, digital and participatory culture, social media, transmedia storytelling, comic book culture, and gender studies. She comes to Austin after previously teaching Film and Media Studies in the Department of English at Arizona State University, and serving as a Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center of Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. Sample syllabi can be viewed on her website.
Dr. Scott’s current book project considers the gendered tensions underpinning the media industry’s embrace of fans as tastemakers, auteurs, and promotional partners within convergence culture. Surveying the politics of participation within digitally mediated fan cultures, this project addresses the “industrial turn” within contemporary fan studies, its tendency to privilege masculine forms of fan engagement, and the marginalizing effect this might have on female fans. Her work has appeared in the journals Transformative Works and Cultures, the Cinema Journal, and New Media & Society, as well as numerous anthologies, including How to Watch Television, The Participatory Culture Handbook, and Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica. In 2012, she was selected to represent the current generation of fan scholars to interview Henry Jenkins for the 20th Anniversary edition of Textual Poachers. Online, she tweets @iheartfatapollo and has guest blogged for the Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier and in media res, among others.