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Photo of Mallory JagodzinskiMallory Jagodzinski

Research areas: popular romance studies; critical race studies; gender studies; popular culture

Mallory is currently a First Year Advisor at the University of Notre Dame where she works with students in the College of Engineering and teaches for the Moreau First Year Experience course. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Indiana University South Bend. Mallory earned her PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, and her dissertation focused on interracial relationships in historical romance. She brings her skill set in strategic planning and relationship cultivation to her position of Community Coordinator for the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.

Photo of Jayashree KambléJayashree Kamblé

Contact: kamble@umn.edu
Research areas: gender and sexuality, critical race studies, popular romance, globalization, Hindi cinema

Jayashree is the author of Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology (2014) and co-edited the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction (2020). She enjoys teaching composition and literature courses in the English department at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) as an Associate Professor. With the support of an Alcaly-Bodian Distinguished Fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center Advanced Research Collective, she is working on race and historical representations in romance novels, along with her monograph on romance heroines. She is a Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. 

Photo of Julie Moody-FreemanJulie E. Moody-Freeman

Contact: jmoodyfr@depaul.edu
Research areas: Black Feminist Theory, Zee Edgell, Caribbean fiction, African American popular romance fiction, and Black Speculative fiction

Julie E. Moody-Freeman is the Director of the Center for Black Diaspora and an Associate Professor in the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University. She is the co-editor of The Black Imagination, Science Fiction, and the Speculative and The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative. Her scholarly essays on Belizean writer Zee Edgell have been published in African Identities, Macomeré, Canadian Women Studies/les cahiers de la femme, and Seeking the Self-Encountering the Other: Diasporic Narrative and the Ethics of Representation. Her work on African American Romance has also appeared in Romance Fiction and American Culture and The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction. Moody-Freeman is the creator and host of the Black Romance Podcast, which is building an oral history on Black Romance writers. 

Photo of Katherine MorrisseyKatherine (Katie) Morrissey

Contact: km@katiedidnt.net; http://katiedidnt.net
Research Areas: media studies, cultural studies, fan and audience studies, popular romance studies

Katherine Morrissey is currently an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University. Katherine’s research focuses on the representation and organization of female desire across popular culture, storytelling across media, production networks for popular romance genres, participatory culture, digital production, and digital pedagogy. Katherine’s work has been published in Cinema Journal, Flow, the Journal for Popular Romance Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled, “Redefining Romance: Love & Desire in Today’s Digital Culture.” Katherine serves as Review Editor for the Transformative Works and Cultures journal and Co-Vice President for the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. 

Photo of Eric SelingerEric Murphy Selinger

Contact: eselinge@depaul.edu
Research Areas: metafiction, ideas of love, religion and romance, allusion and intertextuality, romance pedagogy

Eric Murphy Selinger is Professor of English at DePaul University, and currently serves as President of IASPR and Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. Originally a poetry scholar (What Is It Then Between Us? Traditions of Love in American Poetry), his work now focuses on the literary study of popular romance fiction: that is, on such topics as the aesthetic and intellectual complexity of individual novels, the metafictional aspects of popular romance, and the ways that romance novels work in dialogue with one another and with more canonical works (e.g., poems, literary fiction, and sacred texts from a range of faith traditions). He has co-edited three groundbreaking collections of essays– New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction (with Sarah S. G. Frantz); Romance Fiction and American Culture (with William Gleason); and The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction (with Jayashree Kamblé and Hsu-Ming Teo)– and has essays in print or forthcoming on Jennifer Crusie, Laura Kinsale, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sherry Thomas, Alex Beecroft, Alexis Hall, and Alisha Rai. Since 2005, nearly half of his teaching at DePaul has been courses focused on popular romance, and he has a keen interest in romance pedagogy, especially in the disciplinary contexts of English and Comparative Literature.