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Joan Joda GOT

joan joda is a doctoral student in communication at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed geek and a Michigan native. Her work to date has focused primarily on racial and gender identities in fandom and popular culture as well as internet culture and interspecies communication.

joan received her BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College in 2009 where she also worked extensively on leading student writing workshops and teaching theatricality and circus techniques in the student organization she co-founded, Cirque du K.

Joan and Chewy at SDCC 2016joan went on to pursue an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design which she completed in 2013. After completing this degree, joan worked for two years as a performer and assistant director at the New York Renaissance Faire where she continued to teach circus arts, theatricality and storytelling practices to fellow performers.

In the 2014-15 academic year joan completed her MA in Performance Studies at New York University where she pursued research on political cross-racial cosplay, memoir as critical theory, issues of abjection in conjunction with #GamerGate and other themes surrounding fandom, social media technology and critical race and gender theory.

Joan has been a nerd since birth and a fanfiction writer since age 13 (aka season seven of The X-Files). Since attending her first convention, New York Comic Con, at the Javits Center in 2013, joan has had the good fortune to attend and do research at Comikaze (aka Los Angeles Comic Con), Comic-Con International: San Diego, and Wondercon.

joda’s dissertation will focus on race and gender at comic cons, undoubtedly including research from this project.