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MemberAlenda Chang

…University Of California, Santa Barbara…

Alenda Y. Chang is an Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she specializes in merging ecocritical theory with the analysis of contemporary media. Her writing has been featured in Ant Spider BeeInterdisciplinary Studies in Literature and EnvironmentQui Parle, the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, and Ecozon@, and her first book Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games (forthcoming University of Minnesota Press), develops ecological frameworks for understanding and designing digital games. Along with Film and Media Studies professor Laila Shereen Sakr, Chang is also the co-founder of the digital media studio Wireframe (Music 1410). Wireframe was established to support collaborative and cutting-edge research and teaching in new media, with an emphasis on global human rights, social justice, and environmental concerns. Located adjacent to the Digital Arts and Humanities Commons, the studio provides a space for production and critical engagement across media including games, data visualization, installation art, virtual/augmented reality, projection mapping, performance and installation, livestreaming, 3D modeling, mobile apps, and social media.

MemberCarmen M. Mendez-Garcia

Dr. Carmen M. Méndez García is Associate Professor of American Literature at the Department of English Studies, Complutense University, Madrid (Spain). Her doctoral dissertation, The Rhetorics of Schizophrenia in the Epigones of Modernism (2003) was based on her research as a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2001 and 2002. She was also a participant in the 2010 Study of the United States Institute on Contemporary American Literature at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, funded by the Spanish Fulbright program and the US Department of State.   Current research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century US literature, postmodernism and contemporary fiction, countercultures in the US, spatial studies, gender studies, and minority studies (especially Chicana studies). She is a participant in the research projects “Troubling Houses: Dwellings, Materiality, and the Self in American Literature” (Spanish Plan Nacional I+D+I, ref. FFI2017-82692-P, 2018-2020), and “Pensamiento y representación literaria y artística digital ante la crisis de Europa y el Mediterráneo” (Santander Complutense, ref. PR26/16-6B-2).  She led the research group “Space, Gender and Identity in US Literature and Visual Arts: A Transatlantic Approach” (Franklin Institute-UAH), and she is a participant in a research group dealing with Women’s Studies in English and American literature at Complutense University.   She is the coordinator of the Master’s in North American Studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid-UAH. She is the humanities editor for REDEN, Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos (Instituto Franklin-UAH). She was a member of the International Committee of the American Studies Association (ASA) from 2012-15. She served as an Associate Dean for Student Affairs (2010-2014) and as the managing editor of Atlantis, Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies (2009-2012).   For a detailed and up-to-date list of publications and research, see full profile at Academia.edu.

MemberAnne Swartz

I lecture and write on various topics in contemporary art, including intermedia art, theory and criticism, and women artists.  I currently write about new media/new genre art, the home, and contemporary American feminist art.  I particularly focus on Pattern and Decoration, an American art movement of the 1970s-1980s.  I teach via eLearning for my college.