Amanda Jo Hobson is a scholar/practitioner that prioritizes education, justice, and trauma-informed care. In her role as a student affairs administrator, her work focuses on issues of social justice and equity in higher education, and she regularly presents about a wide-range of diversity issues, including gender justice, bystander intervention, and sexual violence. Her doctoral work at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts centers on issues of intersectionality of identity using sexuality and the erotic within feminist film with a specific emphasis on horror films and pornography. She presents on the construction and portrayal of gender, sexuality, and race within contemporary popular culture and art, such as Sex Magic: Witchcraft, Gender, and Sexuality in Paranormal Fiction and Gender Blending and Genre Bending in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. Additionally, her work on the vampire narrative covers topics including Apocalyptic Vampires and Vampiric Icons: Visions of Vampires from Dirty to Debonair in Less than 200 Years. She has been invited to deliver lectures on the topic of vampires in popular culture, including one for the BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio, for their production of Dracula.
She is the co-editor with U. Melissa Anyiwo of Gender in the Vampire Narrative (Sense Publisher, 2016) and Gender Warriors: Reading Contemporary Urban Fantasy (Brill | Sense Publisher, 2018). Her published work includes “‘We Don’t Do History’: Constructing Masculinity in a World of Blood” in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “Brothers Under Covers: Race and the Paranormal Romance Novel” in Race in the Vampire Narrative (Sense Publisher, 2015).
Most days, she can be found reading or watching movies.
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