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Melissa Ames, Associate Professor of English and Director of English Education

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

Melissa Ames's Vita
Fall 2017 Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday, 11am-1pm, 4:45-5:15pm (Additional hours available on Wednesday upon Request)

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, and feminist theory. 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), and How Pop Culture Shapes the Stages of a Woman's Life:  From Toddlers-in-Tiaras to Cougars-on-the-Prowl (Palgrave, 2016); 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), The Vampire Diaries Collection (Scarecrow Press, 2016), Adventures in Shondaland (Duke, 2017); 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), and Pedagogy (2017).

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


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


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

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Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
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