University of North Georgia
After a childhood partly "wasted" on Mazinger-Z and Hyakujuu-Ou Go-Lion (Tranzor-Z and Voltron in the U.S.), I came into my adolescent years unaware that some of my childhood TV diet came from Japan originally. I spent my undergraduate and Master's degree years at Clemson University studying U.S. and Western European history and financial managment (to get that "real job"), but my graduate school years held different plans.
I thought little of Japanese animation until I finished my M.Ed. and came to the University of Georgia's Department of Social Foundations of Education in 2000 to begin work on a Ph.D. During my first week at UGA, I came across a group of students who showcased the anime that I had (re)familiarized myself with at technology conventions. I joined this club where I kindled a powerful interest in this unique medium of entertainment from Japan.
I currently make my living as an assistant professor at University of North Georgia. Today, I also serve on the editorial board of the anime, manga, and video game-oriented academic journal Mechademia as well as on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies. I'm also faculty advisor of UNG - Oconee Campus's anime club Anime Anonymous.
Personal Fun Fact: I share the same birthday as Astro Boy - April 7th.
Convention Guest Appearances
- MomoCon 2017 - May 25-28, 2017 in Atlanta, GA 2016
- MomoCon 2016 - May 26-29, 2016 in Atlanta, GA 2015
- MomoCon 2015 - May 28-31, 2015 in Atlanta, GA 2014
- MomoCon 2014 - May 23-25, 2014 in Atlanta, GA 2013
- Seishun-Con 2013 - June 28-30, 2013 in Atlanta, GA
- MomoCon 2013 - March 8-10, 2013 in Atlanta, GA 2012
- MomoCon 2012 - March 16-18, 2012 in Atlanta, GA 2011
- Omnicon 2011 - April 2-3, 2011 in Cookeville, TN
- MomoCon 2011 - March 12-13, 2011 in Atlanta, GA 2010
- Omnicon 2010 - April 10-11, 2010 in Cookeville, TN 2009
- Dragon*Con 2009 - September 4-7, 2009 in Atlanta, GA
- MomoCon 2009 - March 14-15, 2009 in Atlanta, GA 2008
- MomoCon 2008 - March 15-16, 2008 in Atlanta, GA 2007
- Chibi-Pa 2007 - October 19-21, 2007 in West Palm Beach, FL
- MomoCon 2007 - March 17-18, 2007 in Atlanta, GA 2006
- Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2006 - September 29 - October 1, 2006 in Minneapolis, MN
- MomoCon 2006 - March 18-19, 2006 in Atlanta, GA 2005
- Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2005 - September 30 - October 2, 2005 in Minneapolis, MN
- Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2005 - April 1-3, 2005 in Nashville, TN
- Momo-con 2005 - March 26-27, 2005 in Atlanta, GA
- Techwood Con 2005 - January 7-9, 2005 in Atlanta, GA 2004
- Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2004 - September 24-26, 2004 in Minneapolis, MN
22 confirmed guest appearances