Suzanne Scott received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the Universtiry of Texas at Austin, specializing in fan and digital culture. Between 2011-2013, Scott was a Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on fandom and participatory culture, transmedia storytelling, comic book culture, audience studies, video game studies, and cultural studies at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, USC and Occidental College.
Her current book project, Revenge of the Fanboy: Convergence Culture and the Politics of Incorporation offers a timely survey of the gendered tensions underpinning the media industry’s current embrace of fans as a tastemakers and promotional partners. Through an address of the anxieties that have accompanied the “mainstreaming” of fan culture, this study exposes broader concerns about the remarginalization of fangirls and studies of female fan communities, and presents a break from the critical utopianism that has characterized studies of industry/fan relations within convergence culture. Collectively, this project grapples with what I call the “incorporation paradigm” of contemporary fandom and fan studies, addressing the perception that convergence studies privileges (or increases the visibility of) masculine forms of fan engagement, re-marginalizing female fans and the work of female scholars in the process. These tensions have only been exacerbated by fact that media industries, and many contemporary fan studies, fail to acknowledge the influence of fangirls’ textual practices on the purportedly “new” modes of participation that convergence culture and Web 2.0 business models facilitate (e.g. machinima, remix culture, etc.). Through a critical analysis of the demographic, representational, industrial, authorial, and academic “revenge” of the fanboy within convergence culture, this project aims to reassert the importance of feminism to fan studies and survey the politics of participation within digitally mediated fan cultures.
In 2009, Suzanne was named as a HASTAC Scholar; HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) recognizes graduate students doing innovative work on technology, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Between 2009-2012, she served on the symposium editorial team for the open-access, peer-reviewed online journal Transformative Works and Cultures, where she is currently a member of the Board. Her work has been published in the anthologies Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica, The Participatory Cultures Handbook, the 20th Anniversary Edition of Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, How to Watch Television, and the Companion to Media Authorship, and the journals Spectator, Transformative Works and Cultures, and New Media and Society (forthcoming). A full list of her publications and digital projects can be accessed here.