Jessica Hautsch is a teaching assistant professor of Humanities. She earned her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, where she also taught as a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and the Educational Opportunity Program. Her work offers a phenomenological interrogation of fan communities, exploring how the cognitive humanities, performance studies, and fandom intersect.

Selected Publications

  • Thinking Through Feels: Mind, Body, and Emotion in the Reception and Creation Practices of Fan Communities Palgrave, 2023.
  • "Pic sets, fan cognition, and fannish networks of meaning." Transformative Works and Cultures, vol. 38, 2022.
  • "Gifs and Performative Spectatorship." "Performative X" Special Issue of Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, vol. 35, no. 2, 2021. Co-authored with Amy Cook.
  • "Fossil Fuel Extraction, Green Neoliberal Consumption, and Crude Optimism in the Vamprocene." Response: The Journal of Popular and American Culture, vol. 5, no. 2, 2020.
  • "Terraforming the Earth that Was: Planetary Engineering, Utopia, and the Anthropocene" in Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity." Slayage: The International Journal of Buffy+, vol. 18, no. 2, 2020.
  • "A GIF for Everything: The Rhetorical Affordance of GIFs by Tumblr's Supernatural Fandom." Transformative Works and Cultures, Special Issue: Tumblr and Fandom, vol. 27, 2018.
  • "One of your little pop culture references": Argument, Intertextuality, and Literary Affordance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fanfiction. Slayage: The International Journal of Buffy+, vol. 16, no. 1, 2018.
  • "'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.
  • "Staking Her Colonial Claim: Colonial Discourses, Assimilation, Soul-making, and Ass-kicking in Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Slayage: The International Journal of Buffy+, vol. 9, no. 1, 2011.
  • "Casting the Future in Bridgerton's Past." Co-written with Amy Cook. Adapting Bridgerton, Ed. Valerie Estelle Frankel. Anticipated Publication 2023.
  • "Roling Up Characters: Conceptual Blending Theory, Casting, and Character Construction in Dungeons & Dragons." Roll for Initiative: Writing Dungeons & Dragons, Ed. Daniel Shank Cruz and Suzanne Richardson. Anticipated Publication 2024.
  • "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. Michael Goodrum & Samira S. Nadkarni. Anticipated publication 2023.
  • "Buffy, Hamilton, and Jon Snow Go to Hogwarts: Literary Affordance and the Hogwarts Houses as Interpretative Framework and Rhetorical Tool." Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter, Fan Phenomena Series, Intellect. October 15, 2019.
  • "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.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • FCWR 101: Writing 1: Foundations of College Composition
  • FCWR 304: Communication for the Technical Professions

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