katherine e. morrissey


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI), Ph.D., 2016
English (Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies)
Dissertation:Romance Networks: Aspiration & Desire in Today’s Digital Culture
Committee: Tasha Oren, Patrice Petro, Michael Zimmer, Kristie Hamilton (UW-Milwaukee), Eric Selinger (DePaul University)

Georgetown University (Washington, DC), M.A., 2008
Communication, Culture, and Technology
Master’s Thesis: Fanning the Flames of Romance: An Exploration of Fan Fiction and the Romance Novel
Committee: Michael Coventry, Matthew Tinkcom

Emerson College (Boston, MA), B.A. 2000
Writing, Literature and Publishing, Cum Laude, Dean’s List


Nicholas Proferes and Katherine Morrissey. “Lost in the ‘Dash:’ Content, Customization, and Community on Tumblr.” A Tumblr Book. Eds. Alexander Cho, Allison McKraken, and Louisa Stein. [Forthcoming, University of Michigan Press, 2020.]

“Vidding and/as Pedagogy. The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom. Eds. Melissa A. Click and Suzanne Scott. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Corey Creekmur, Melanie Kohnen, Jonathan McIntosh, Lori Morimoto and Katherine Morrissey. “Roundtable: Videographic Criticism, Vidding, and Remix.” Mods. Suzanne Scott and Louisa Stein. Cinema Journal, vol. 56 no. 4, 2017, pp. 159-184.

“Gender and Fandom. The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender. Eds. Elizabeth Kaplan, Patrice Petro, Kristin Hole and Dijana Jelača. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Steamy, Spicy, Sensual: Tracing the Cycles of Erotic Romance. Shattering Releases: The Pleasure and Politics of Popular Erotic Fiction. Ed. Kristen Phillips. Jefferson: McFarland & Co., 2015.

Stop Teaching, Software Start Teaching Software Literacy., no. 22, 2015.

Rattling the Toolkit: Methods for Reading Romance, Gender, and Culture. Journal for Popular Romance Studies. 4.1. (2014) 1-17.

Fifty Shades of Remix: The Shared Pleasures of Commercial and Fan Romances. Journal for Popular Romance Studies. 4.1. (2014) 1-17.

Fan/dom: People, Practices, and Networks. Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 14, 2013.


Transmedia Storytelling & the New Era of Media Convergence in Higher Education by Stavroula Kalogeras.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 20, 2015.

Archive of Our Own.” Popular Romance Project. 26 Nov. 2013.


Digital Project Teaching Resources (ongoing).

Fandom Then/Now (2014).


Has The Rom-Com Been ‘Reborn’ Or Has It Never Gone Away?Central Time, Wisconsin Public Radio. February 6, 2020.


Feminist Open Access and Internet Publishing” (Respondent). Berkeley Center for New Media. Berkeley, CA. March 12, 2020.


Moving From Sla/sh to #Ship: Web 2.0, M/M Publishing, and the Restructuring of Fan Networks.” International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR). Canary Islands, Spain. June 2020. [Accepted.]

“The Death of Slash.” Fan Studies Network North America (FSN-NA). Chicago, IL. October 2019.

“The Unbearable Whiteness of the Rom-Com.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). Washington D.C., April 2019.

“Slash Practices” (Roundtable). Fan Scholar Salon 2019. USC. Los Angeles, CA. February 2019.

“Vidding Challenge: Remix Your Discipline.” Fan Studies Network North America (FSN-NA). Chicago, IL. October 2018.

“Seen and Unseen: Female Nudity on HBO’s Girls and Insecure.” Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS). Toronto, CA. March 2018.

“Platforms that Matter: Fans and Digital Spaces.” HASTAC. Orlando, FL. November 2017.

“Digital Romance: Crowdfunding & Multiplatform Love Stories.”  PCA/ACA. San Diego, CA, April 2017.

“‘Quality’ Sex: Packaging Female Desire for Premium Cable.” SCMS. Chicago, IL, March 2017.

“Podcasts & Convergent Digital Media.” Flow. Austin, TX, September 2016.

“Fairly Using and Reusing: Remixing Copyright in the Digital Classroom.” Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism. Notre Dame, Indiana, June 2016.

“Keeping It Classy: Studying Sex and Romance.” International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR). Salt Lake City, Utah. June 2016.

“Modular Love: The Contemporary Hyper-Romance Comedy.” SCMS. Atlanta, Georgia, March 2016.

“Fandom Problems: Networks of Practice, Digital Publishing, and the Dilemmas of Fans Going Pro.” Association of Internet Researchers. Phoenix, Arizona, October 2015.

“From Derivative to Transformative: Making Remix and Vidding Practices Matter In Our Classrooms.” Console-ing Passions. Dublin, Ireland, June 2015.

“Love and Plurality: Ensemble Casting and Modularity in Contemporary Rom-Coms.” PCA/ACA. New Orleans, LA, April 2015.

“‘Reading the Romance’ Turns Thirty: A Roundtable Discussion with Janice Radway.” PCA/ACA. Chicago, IL, April 2014.

“Erotic Romance 2.0: The (Re)Emergence of the Erotic in Commercial Romance.” PCA/ACA. Chicago, IL, April 2014.

“Rise of Bridezilla: Reveling in Love’s Discontents.” SCMS. Seattle, WA, March 2014.

“Saying Yes!: Romance and Reality in Wedding TV.” PCA/ACA. Washington, D.C., March 2013.

“Fifty Shades of Remix: The Shared Pleasures of Commercial and Fan Romances.” IASPR. York, UK. October 2012.

“‘He Learned a Lesson… I Got an Education’: Female Desire in The Red Shoe Diaries.” Midwestern Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (MPCA/ACA), Milwaukee, WI, October 2011.

“Sex and the City’s Ambivalent Women.” Midwestern Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. Milwaukee, WI. February 2011.

“Fen Responses to Fan Research: Methods of Participation and Engagement.” MPCA/ACA. Minneapolis, MN. October 2010.


“How to Talk About Media (When you’re not quite sure how): A Workshop.”PCA/ACA. Washington D.C., April 2019.

“WordPress 101.” THATCamp Bootcamp. Milwaukee, WI. May 2014.

“Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age.” Center for Instructional and Professional Development Workshop. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI. November 2013.

“Zotero 101: Collect, Organize, Cite, Sync.” Technology/Pedagogy Workshop. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI. March 2012.

“ecomp: Creating a Collaborative Space for Composition Teachers,” (poster session and web demo co-produced with Jay Johnson). Marquette/UWM First-Year Composition Conference. Milwaukee, WI. December 2009.


School of Cinema, San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA), 2018 – present

Assistant Professor
Introduction to Cinema Studies (CINE 200)
Writing About Cinema (CINE 303GW)
Gender and Film: Screening Female Desire (CINE 304)
Representation & Narration of Sexuality in Hollywood Cinema (CINE 332)
History and Film: Digital and Transmedia Revolution (CINE 507)
Race, Sex, and Identity Online (CINE 541)
Film Theory: The Real and the Virtual (CINE 572)
Cinema and Cultural Studies (CINE 748)

College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 2017 – 2018

Accelerated Composition & Communication (CIS 112)
Composition & Communication Part II (CIS 111)

English Department, Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), 2014 – 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor
Digital Creative Writing Workshop: Remix (ENG 389, hybrid course)
Future of Writing (ENG 150)
Literary & Cultural Studies: Participatory Culture (ENG 210)
Literary & Cultural Studies: Reading/Screening Desire (ENG 210)
Storytelling Across Media (ENG 375, taught online and off)
Text and Code (ENG 215, taught online and off)

English Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI), 2009 – 2014

Film Studies & College Writing Instructor
Bad Romance: Romance Genres Across Media (FS 212)
Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (FS 111, online course)
Introduction to College Writing (ENG 101)
Introduction to Television Studies (FS 291, online course)
Participatory Culture: Audiences, Viewers, and Fans (FS 212)

Teaching Assistant:
Cinema and Digital Culture (FS 312, online course)
Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (FS 111)
Film History Part 1: 1895-1945 (FS/AH 205)

Gotemba Minami High School (Gotemba City, Shizuoka, Japan), 2008 – 2009

Assistant Language Teacher with Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program

Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University, 2007 – 2008

Teaching Assistant
Introduction to Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT 698)
Researching the Visual: Theory, Method and Practice (CCT 505)


Media Studies (Film, Television & Digital Studies); Cultural Studies; Participatory & Digital Culture; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Audience & Fan Studies; Popular Romance Studies; Genre Studies; Digital Humanities; Composition & Digital Production


HASTAC Scholars Program (2014-2015)
Provost’s/UWM Libraries Scholar Award (2014)
UWM English Department’s Teaching Excellence Award (Finalist, 2014)
Lesson Study Project Grant (with Drs. Rachel Baum, Shelleen Greene & Stuart Moulthrop)  (2014)
PCA/ACA Kathleen Gilles Seidel Travel Grant (2014)
UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library Scholar Fellowship (Finalist, 2013)
International Society for Popular Romance/Romance Writers of America Travel Grant (2012)
UW-Milwaukee James A. Sappenfield Fellowship (2012, 2011)
UW-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Award (2009)



Search Committee: Endowed Chair in Social Justice Filmmaking, School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2019 – 2020)
7th Cycle Program Review Committee, School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2019 – 2020)
Communications Committee, School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2019 – 2020)
Film Finals Committee, School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2019 – 2020, 2018-2019)
Assessment Committee, School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2018 – 2019)
Curriculum Committee,
School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2018 – 2019)
Web & Social Media Committee, School of Cinema, SFSU (AY 2018 – 2019)
Marketing Committee, English Department, RIT (2015 – 2017)
Elected Representative, Graduate Policy Committee, English Department, UW-Milwaukee (Spring 2014)
Elected Representative, Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), UW-Milwaukee (2013 – 2014)
Elected Chair, Special Projects Committee, GSAC, UW-Milwaukee (2013 – 2014)
Student Representative: Media, Cinema & Digital Studies, English Department, UW-Milwaukee (2011 – 2014)
Member, Think Make Digital, Center for 21st Century Studies/Digital Arts & Culture Research Workshop (2011 – 2013)
Organizing Committee, Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, UW-Milwaukee (2010 – 2014)


Co-Founder/Conference Organizer, Scholar Fan Salon (USC, Los Angeles, CA) (2018 – present)
Co-Vice President
, International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (2016 – present)
Book Review Editor, Transformative Works and Cultures (2015 – present)
Webmaster, Media Literacy & Pedagogical Outreach Group, SCMS (2016 – 2018)
Co-Director, Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, Humanities, Arts, Science, Technology Alliance & Collaboratory (HASTAC) (2014 – 2016)
Graduate Student Representative, Media Literacy & Outreach Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2014 – 2016)
Co-Web Manager, International Association for Popular Romance Studies (2011 – present)


Lab Assistant, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, UW-Milwaukee (Spring 2014)

Project Assistant, Digital Arts and Culture Certificate Program, UW-Milwaukee (Spring 2014)

Web Production Assistant, University Information & Technology Services, Georgetown University (2007 – 2009)

Writer/Editor, Georgetown Research News Magazine, Georgetown University (2006 – 2007)

Marketing Associate, External Affairs Department, Boston Center for Adult Education (2004 – 2006)

Communications Coordinator, External Affairs Department, YWCA Boston (2001 – 2004)
Served on: Marketing Task Force, Regional Branding Rollout Committee

Programming Assistant, Department of Programs & Advocacy, YWCA Boston (2000 – November)
Served on: Staff Racial Justice Committee. Employee Recognition Award, Spring 2001


Association of Internet Researchers
FemBot Collective & FemTechNet

International Association for the Study of Popular Romance
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies


Web Design (HTML, CSS, WordPress)
Digital Storytelling (Twine, Scalar)
Design for Web & Print (Adobe CS: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, AcrobatPro)
Video & Audio Editing (Premiere, iMovie, MovieMaker, Camtasia, WeVideo, Audition, Audacity)