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Mel Stanfill

Texts & Technology / Games and Interactive Media

University of Central Florida


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor (2016 to present)

Texts & Technology, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Central Florida

Games and Interactive Media, Nicholson School of Communication and Media, University of Central Florida

Graduate Faculty, Digital Media

Faculty Affiliate, Women’s and Gender Studies

 Post-Doctoral Research Associate (2015 to 2016)

American Studies, Purdue University

Visiting Lecturer (2015)

Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Instructional Assistant Professor (2015)

Women’s and Gender Studies, Illinois State University



Ph.D., Communications and Media (Spring 2015). University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

M.A., Media and Cultural Studies (Spring 2008). California State University, East Bay.

B.A., English (Spring 2004). University of California, Berkeley,




Stanfill, M. (In press, 2019). Exploiting Fandom: How the Media Industry Seeks to Manipulate Fans. University of Iowa Press. (Peer reviewed).

Journal Articles

Kretzschmar, M., & Stanfill, M. (2018). Mods as Lightning Rods: A Typology of Video Game Mods, Intellectual Property, and Social Benefit/Harm. Social & Legal Studies, OnlineFirst. 10.1177/0964663918787221

Navar-Gill, A., & Stanfill, M. (2018). “We Shouldn’t Have to Trend to Make You Listen”: Queer Fan Hashtag Campaigns as Production Interventions. Journal of Film and Video, 70(3–4), 85–100.

Stanfill, M. (2017). “Where the Femslashers are: Media on the Lesbian Continuum.” Transformative Works and Cultures 24 doi: 10.3983/twc.2017.959.

Stanfill, M., Valdivia, A. N. (2017). “(Dis)locating Nations in the World Cup: Football Fandom and the Global Geopolitics of Affect.” Social Identities (23) 1: 104-119. doi:10.1080/13504630.2016.1157466.

Stanfill, M. (2015). “The Interface as Discourse: The Production of Norms through Web Design.” New Media & Society 17 (7): 1059-1074. doi:10.1177/1461444814520873.

Stanfill, M. (2015). “Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton: Lessons for Fandom from Sampling.” Cinema Journal 54 (3) pp. 131-37. doi: 10.1353/cj.2015.0021.

Stanfill, M.; Condis, M. (2014). “Fandom and/as labor.” Transformative Works and Cultures 15. doi:10.3983/twc.2014.0593.

Stanfill, M. (2013). “They’re Losers, but I Know Better’: Intra-Fandom Stereotyping and the Normalization of the Fan Subject.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 30 (2): 117-134 doi:10.1080/15295036.2012.755053.

Stanfill, M. (2013). “Fandom, Public, Commons.” Transformative Works and Cultures 14 doi:10.3983/twc.2013.0530.

Stanfill, M. (2012). “Finding Birds of a Feather: Multiple Memberships and Diversity without Divisiveness in Communication Research.” Communication Theory. 22 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2011.01395.x.

Stanfill, M. (2011) “Doing Fandom, (Mis)doing Whiteness: Heteronormativity, Racialization, and the Discursive Construction of Fandom.” Transformative Works and Cultures. 8: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2011.0256.

Book Chapters

Stanfill, M.; Gurrie, C.; Korn, J.; Martin, J.; White, K. (2018). “Climate on Campus: Intersectional Interventions in Contemporary Struggles.” Interventions: International Communication Association 2017 Theme Book. Edited by Travers Scott and Adrienne Shaw.

Stanfill, M. (2018). “The Unbearable Whiteness of Fandom and Fan Studies.” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Fandom. Edited by Paul Booth.

Stanfill, M. (2017). “The Fan Fiction Gold Rush, Generational Turnover, and the Battle for Fandom’s Soul.” In The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom. Edited by Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott.

Stanfill, M. (2016). “Straighten up and Fly White: Whiteness, Heteronormativity, and the Representation of Happy Endings for Fans.” In Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture.  Edited by Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth. Bloomsbury Academic.

Conference Proceedings

Stanfill, M. (2015). “The Internet Intellectual Property Imaginary: The Case of Fandom.” In Selected Papers of Internet Research 5. Association of Internet Research. Phoenix, Arizona.

Stanfill, M. (2013). “Fandom, Transmedia, and Consumption 2.0.” In Selected Papers of Internet Research 3. Association of Internet Research. Denver, Colorado.


Stanfill, M. (2018). “The culture industry and participatory audiences,” by Emma Keltie. Transformative Works and Cultures, 26.

Other Publications

Stanfill, M. (Forthcoming 2019) “Fans of color in femslash.” Transformative Works and Cultures 30, “Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color,” guest edited by Abigail De Kosnik and andré carrington.

Proctor, W., Kies, B., Chin, B., Larsen, K., McCulloch, R., Pande, R., and Stanfill, M. (2018) “On Toxic Fan Practices: A Round-Table” Participations 15(1).

Stanfill, M. and Jamison, A. (2018) The State of Fandom Studies 2018. Invited blog post.

Stanfill, M. (2016) “Who is an “artist” being “copied” and who’s just raw material.” Illuminations 4 (2), Article 7.

Stanfill, M. (2015) “Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton.” In Media Res

Stanfill, M.; Fouché, R. (2012) “(How) Have Technological Shifts Changed Being a Sports Fan?” Culture Digitally.


Selected Presentations of Research

Invited Talks

Stanfill, M. (2018). Closing Plenary. Fan Studies Network North America, Chicago, IL, October.

Stanfill, M. (2018). “Everything is Made up and the Law Doesn’t Matter: The Strange Life of Intellectual Property.” Washington College, April.

Stanfill, M. (2018). “Fandom and Civic Engagement.” Scholar Fan Salon: The Transformative Civics of Fandom, University of Southern California, February.

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations – International

Stanfill, M. (2018). “Roundtable: Race in Fandom and Fan Studies.” Fan Studies Network North America, Chicago, IL, October 25-27.

Stanfill, M. (2018). “On Dressing Homonormativity up as Transgression, or Your Fandom is Basic.” Fan Studies Network North America, Chicago, IL, October 25-27.

Stanfill, M. (2018). “Sample, Remix, and Mashup for Me, but not for Thee: Digital Music Production at the Intersection of Race and the Law.” Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal, QC, October.