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Hollis Griffin
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Secretary, 2019-2021
Member, Board of Directors, 2018-2019

Biography: Hollis Griffin is an Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at Denison University. Prior to joining the faculty at Denison, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colby College. Griffin has been a member of SCMS since 2005. He has previously served on the Board as a Graduate Student Representative in addition to working on the Nominating and Dissertation Award Committees. Griffin is also affiliated with the Queer Caucus. 




PhD, Northwestern University (2010)
MA, University of Texas-Austin (2005)
BS, Cornell University (1998)

Teaching and Research Interests: Queer theory and the sexual politics of contemporary media culture; critical historiography of digital media forms; urban studies; affect and emotion, especially as they relate to U.S. cultural politics


Selected Publications:

Feeling Normal: Sexuality and Media Criticism in the Digital Age. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017).

“Queer Media Studies,” Feminist Media Histories 4.2 (Spring 2018): 167-172.

“Evaluating Television: Affect as a Critical Optic.” Cinema Journal 57.1 (Fall 2017): 71-93.

“Manufacturing Massness: Aesthetic Form and Industry Practice in the Reality Television Contest.” The Companion to Reality Television. Laurie Ouellette, Ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 155-170

“Hair Metal Redux: Gendering Nostalgia and Revising History on VH1.” Journal of Popular Film & Television. 42.2 (June 2014): 71-80.

“Songs from Nowhere.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 31.6 (June 2014): 531-541.

“Never, Sometimes, Always: The Multiple Temporalities of ‘Post-Race’ Discourse in Convergence Television Narrative.” Popular Communication 9.4 (November 2011): 235-250.

“Your Favorite Stars, Live on Our Screens: Media Culture, Queer Publics, and Commercial Space.” Velvet Light Trap 62.2 (Fall 2008): 15-28.        

“Queerness, the Quality Audience, and Comedy Central’s Reno 911!Television and New Media 9.5 (September 2008): 355-370.

“Soap Slash.” Spectator 25.2 (Spring 2005): 23-34.

Reprinted in Spectatorship: Shifting Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Media. Roxanne Samer and William Whittington, Ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017. 147-162.


Other activities:

Associate Editor, Communication, Culture, & Critique

Editorial board member, Film Criticism and Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture
Member, SCMS Nominating Committee, 2014-2017

Member, SCMS Dissertation Award Committee, 2012-2013

Member, SCMS Queer Caucus

Graduate Student Representative, SCMS Board of Directors, 2007-2009

Winner, SCMS Dissertation Award, 2011

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