Rusty Hatchell is a doctoral student in media studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as an assistant instructor. He earned his M.A. in media studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in English from Georgia Gwinnett College. His research focuses on contemporary superhero television universes, particularly on the efforts to cultivate narrative continuity as well as the industrial production logics that help shape superhero television into its own distinct genre.
He currently serves as the Graduate Student Representative for the Urbanism, Geography, and Architecture Scholarly Interest Group for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and is on the editorial board for The Velvet Light Trap. He has also served as a managing editor for Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture. His scholarly work has been published in Middle West Review, Flow, and In Media Res.
Areas of focus: Post-network Television, Media Industries, Superhero Media, Transmedia Storytelling, Television Franchises and Universes