Jessica Hautsch is a PhD student at Stony Brook University, focusing on the reading and writing practices of online fandom. She has a MA from Fordham University and a MAT from Stony Brook University and has taught at Suffolk County Community College and with the Educational Opportunity Program at SBU. She has published and presented on fanfiction, fan use of animated GIFs, the Hogwarts Houses as interpretative frameworks, and gendered and racialized representations in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


BA Assumption College

MA Fordham University

MAT Stony Brook University



 “One of your little pop culture references”: Argument, Intertextuality, and Literary Affordance

in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fanfiction. Slayage: The Online International Journal of Whedonstudies.

Paper Accepted. Anticipated publication 2018.

“A GIF for Everything: The Rhetorical Affordance of GIFs by Tumblr’s Supernatural Fandom.”

Transformative Works and Cultures, Special Issue: Tumblr and Fandom. Paper Accepted. Anticipated Publication June 2018.

 “The ‘EuroSlayage’ Conference Report.” Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffystudies, vol. 14,
no. 2, Summer 2016.

            Co-authored with Jay Bamber and Bethan Jones

 “‘What the Geisha has gotten into you?’: Colorblindness, Orientalist Stereotypes, and the

Problem of Global Feminism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight.” Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffystudies, vol. 12/13, no. 2/1, 2014/2015.

Finalist for the Whedon Studies Award (“Mr. Pointy”) for Outstanding Work in Whedon Studies

“Much Ado About Whedon: Report on the 6th Biennial Slayage Conference.” Slayage: The Online

            International Journal of Buffystudies, vol. 12/13, no. 2/1, 2014/2015.

            Co-authored with Masani McGee and Samira Nadkarni

“Staking Her Colonial Claim: Colonial Discourses, Assimilation, Soul-making, and Ass-kicking in

            Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffystudies. vol. 9, no. 1, 2011.




“Buffy, Hamilton, and Jon Snow Go to Hogwarts: Literary Affordance and the Hogwarts Houses

and Interpretative Framework and Rhetorical Tool.” Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter, Fan Phenomena Series, Intellect. Chapter Accepted. Anticipated Publication 2019.

“Blackwater in the Battle Against Evil: The Moral Implications of Slayers as Hired Guns in Buffy

Season Nine and Angel and Faith Season Ten.” War in the Whedonverses. Ed. Ensley F. Guffey & Samira S. Nadkarni. Anticipated publication 2018.

“Angel and Faith Season Ten’s Journey into the Heart of Darkness: Intertextuality, Redemption,

and Rewriting (Neo)colonial Discourses in Lost and Found.”After the Avengers: From Joss Whedon’s Hottest, Newest Franchises to the Future of the Whedonverse. Ed. Valerie Estelle Frankel, SmartPop, 2015.


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