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Melissa Ames, Professor of English and Director of English Education, Interim Film Studies Coordinator

Office: 3821 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-6299

Melissa Ames's Vita

Spring 2023 Office Hours:

T 10:00-10:30am; 12:30pm-1:30pm; 3:30-4:00pm  

W 12:00pm-1:00pm

R  11:30am-12:30pm; 6:00-6:30pm

Additional virtual office hours are also available.  To schedule virtual office hours, use the link below and a Zoom invite will be generated so that you can access our video conference at your selected time: If you are scheduling your initial meeting to set up an English Education Folder please fill out this quick form as well. 

Melissa Ames completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2007 at Wayne State University in 20th Century American Literature and Culture specializing in media studies, television scholarship, popular culture, pedagogy, composition, digital rhetoric, & Internet studies. Her previous degrees – a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Detroit-Mercy – shape her interest in merging academic media scholarship and pedagogy.

Her work has been published in a variety of anthologies and journals and ranges in topic from Television Study, New Media, and Fandom to American Literature and Feminist Art. She is excited about her recent and upcoming publications which include her books Women & Language: Gendered Communication Across Media (McFarland, 2011), Time in Television Narrative: Exploring 21st Century Programming (University Press of Mississippi, 2012), How Pop Culture Shapes the Stages of a Woman's Life: From Toddlers-in-Tiaras to Cougars-on-the-Prowl (Palgrave, 2016), and Small Screen, Big Feels: Television & Cultural Anxiety in 21st Century Programming (U Kentucky Press, 2020), & Hashtag Activism Interrogated and Embodied: Case Studies on Social Justice Movements (U Colorado/Utah State Press, 2021); chapters in Grace Under Pressure: Grey’s Anatomy Uncovered (Cambridge Scholars, 2008), Writing (and) the Digital Generation: Essays on How Interactive Digital Media is Changing Rhetoric and Writing (McFarland Press, 2009), Bitten by Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, and the Twilight Saga (Lang's Mediated Youth Series, 2010), Fabricating the Body (Cambridge Scholars, 2014),  Managing Phobias (Toronto Press, 2016), Adventures in Shondaland (Duke, 2017), Young Adult Literature in the Composition Classroom (McFarland, 2018), The Vampire Diaries Collection (McFarland, 2021); as well as articles in The Journal of Dracula Studies (2011), The Encyclopedia of Women & Popular Culture (2013), The High School Journal (2013), The Journal of Popular Culture (2014), Pedagogy (2017), Computers & Writing (2017), & First Monday (2021).

Many of her musings on popular culture can be found on her blog:




Frequently Taught Courses

ENG 1001; ENG 1002; ENG 3008; ENG 3401; ENG 3402; ENG 4742; ENG 4801





PhD, Wayne State University
MA, University of Michigan
BA, University of Detroit Mercy




Professional Organizations


For a full list, please see my curriculum vitae




Cultural studies, media studies, popular culture, television scholarship, Internet studies, twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, pedagogy, postmodern and feminist theory.




Selected Publications

For full publication details, please see my curriculum vitae.




Selected Conference Presentations

To view all conference presentations, please visit my curriculum vitae.




Funding & Grants


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Currently serving as the Robeson Elementary School PTA President



Informal writing on popular culture can be found on my blog.




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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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