About

I am the Publications Editor at the Southern Illinois University Press, as well as a doctoral student in Mass Communications and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. As a Film and Television Critic, I am primarily interested in Horror Studies.

I am the Assistant Editor and Film and Television Reviews Editor of Film Criticism and sit on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures.

She/Her/Hers

Education

Ph.D. (in progress), Mass Communication and Media Arts, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Graduate Certificate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021.

M.S., Professional Media and Media Management, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2018.

M.S., Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2016.

B.I.S., Physical Science, Murray State University, 2013.

A.S., Oklahoma City Community College, 2010.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Lukancic, Khara. (2020). Not All Monsters are Universal: Gothic Parody in “Monster Movie.” In Lisa Macklem and Dominick Grace (Eds.), Supernatural Out of the Box: Essays on the Metatextuality of the Series. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Book Chapters

Lukancic, Khara. (expected 2022). “I’ve Waited For Him”: Laurie Strode’s Evolution From Final Girl to Neoliberal Militant in Halloween (2018). In Steven Gerrard and Renee Middlemost (Eds.), Gender and Action Heroes, Vol. 2. UK: Emerald Publishing.

Lukancic, Khara. (2021). Uncle Vlad’s Cabin: Intertextuality Between “Cabin 33” and Blade. In Elise Fong and Paul Booth (Eds.), A Celebration of Superheroes. Chicago, IL: Blurb.

Lukancic, Khara. (2020). (Dis)Abling Dinah: Childhood Agency and the Allegory of the Cave in The Langoliers (1995). In Debbie Olson (Ed.), Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Lukancic, Khara. (2019). #MeToo Masculinity: Critiquing Gendered Aggression in Beauty and the Beast (1991 and 2017). In Emily Goldstein and Paul Booth (Eds.), A Celebration of Disney. Chicago, IL: Blurb.

Lukancic, Khara. (2019). Weeping Angels: Doctor Who’s (De)Monstrous Feminine. In Steven Gerrard, Samantha Holland, and Robert Shail (Eds.), Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television.  UK: Emerald Publishing.

Lukancic, Khara. (2018). “I Seek the White Mask”: Intertextuality of Halloween and Moby-Dick. In Paul Booth and Alena Karkanias (Eds.), A Celebration of Slashers. Chicago, IL: Blurb.

Film Reviews

Lukancic, Khara. (2019). A Libertarian’s House Cannot Stand [Film Review of It Comes at Night]. Gothic Nature, Volume 1, Issue 1, 310-313.

Lukancic, Khara. (2017). Sleeping Beauty on a Spaceship [Film Review of Passengers]. Film Criticism, Volume 41, Number 3, np.

Book Reviews

Lukancic, Khara. (2019). Robin Wood on the Horror Film: Collected Essays and Reviews ed. by Barry Keith Grant. Film & History, Volume 49, Number 1, 99-100.

Lukancic, Khara. (2018). Spiritualism, Celebrity, and Mass Media [Book Review of Supernatural Entertainments by Simone Natale]. Gateway Journalism Review, Volume  47, Number 348, 31.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

2021 Conference Presentations

Lukancic, Khara. (March 2021). “There’s Something in The Fog!”: Interrogating the Atmosphere of Virus Culture.” Presentation at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 42nd Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. [Moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Lukancic, Khara. (April 2021). “We Call It Zombieland”: Reframing Benghazi as Horror in 13 Hours. Poster Presentation at Research and Creative Activities Virtual Forum. Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Online.

Lukancic, Khara. (April 2021). Coordinates of Contagion: Interrogating Public vs. Private Space and Horror Film Verticality in Variola Vera (Yugoslavia, Goran Marković, 1982). Poster Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers. Seattle, WA. [Moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Lukancic, Khara. (May 2021). “Is That a Slavic Name?”: Investigating American Nationalist Identity and Eastern European Representation in The ‘Burbs. Presentation at the Central Slavic Conference. St. Louis, MO. [Moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Lukancic, Khara. (May 2021). Uncle Vlad’s Cabin: Intertextuality Between “Cabin 33” and Blade. Presentation at A Celebration of Superheroes. DePaul University. Chicago, IL. [Moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Lukancic, Khara. (May 2021). Midsommar and the Competing Social Geographies of Aging. Presentation at the Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon. Denver, CO. [Moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Lukancic, Khara. (Aug 2021). “I’ve Waited For Him”: Laurie Strode’s Evolution From Final Girl to Neoliberal Militant in Halloween (2018). Presentation at The Slasher Studies Summer Camp: An International Conference on Slasher Theory, History, and Practice. Online.

Lukancic, Khara. (October 2021). “‘Travelling Companions’: Post- Chernobyl Revisioning of the Soviet Space in Russian Cinema.” Presentation at the 2021 Central Slavic Studies Conference. St. Louis, MO. [Moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Memberships

Membership in National Honor Societies


  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (Inducted as a Member in 2014)

  • Phi Theta Kappa (Inducted as a Member in 2005; President of Upsilon Pi Chapter, 2005-2006)

  • Sigma Xi, Full Member (Inducted as a Full Member in 2021)


Active Membership in Professional Associations


  • American Association of Geographers

  • American Culture Association

  • American Studies Association

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Horror Writers Association

  • International Gothic Association

  • Popular Culture Association

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies

  • Television Academy

  • Transylvania Society of Dracula

  • University Film and Video Association

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