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Katharine McCain
Scholar, High School English Teacher

Curriculum Vitae


High School English Teacher

Fall 2022 - Present

Delaware Valley Friends School

9th and 12th grade


Graduate Teaching Associate

Fall 2015 - Spring 2020

Department of English, The Ohio State University

Graduate Research Assistant 

Summer 2014 - Fall 2014

Georgetown University

Manuscript Editor

Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

Private Employer, Washington, DC

English/ESL Instructor

Summer 2013

Westtown Friends School, West Chester, PA


The Ohio State University

Ph.D. English 2020

Concentration in Television, Film, and Media Studies, specializations in Fan Studies and Transformative Works

Dissertation: Today Your Barista Is: Genre Characteristics in the Coffee Shop Alternate Universe 

Georgetown University

M. A. English 2015

Thesis: Canon vs. 'Fanon': Genre Devices in Contemporary Fanfiction 

Connecticut College

B.A. Literatures in English 2013

B.A. Classics 2013

Distinction in Literatures in English, Distinctions in Classics, Elizabeth C. Evans Awards (in Classics), Cum Laude, Dean’s Honors, Dean’s High Honors

Teaching and Research Interests

Fan Studies 

Horror Media

Popular Culture and Media Studies 

Queer and Feminist Theory

Sherlock Holmes 

U.S. Television Studies


“The Journey to Flavor Town: Guy Fieri and Celebrity Fandom"


The Food Network Recipe: Essays on Cooking, Celebrity, and Competition

Edited by Emily Newman and Emily Witsell, McFarland & Company

“Girls With Teeth: Fan Identity in The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” 


Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King

Edited by Debbie Olson, Lexington Books

"Sensibly Organized: Filling in Gaps With Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality"


Prequels, Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

Edited by Armelle Parey, CRC Press, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

“Epoximise!: The Renegotiation of Film and Literature Through Harry Potter GIF-sets”


Transforming Harry: The Adaptation of Harry Potter in the Transmedia Age

Edited by John Alberti and Andy Miller, Wayne University Press

“Feeling Exposed? Irene Adler and the Self-Reflective Disguise”


Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Film and Television Adaptations Since 2009 

Edited by Nadine Farghaly, McFarland

Misc. Publications

“Gotta Catch On: Intertextuality and the Popularity of Pokémon Go”


In Media Res, A Media Commons Project



"'Our Good Friend Jonathan': The Memetic Transformation of Dracula Daily"

October, 2023

Fan Studies Network North America



"Fans Love It a Latte: The Rise and Participatory Nature of Coffee Shop AUs" 

June 10, 2017

Fifth Annual Fandom & Neomedia Studies Association  

The Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Published in The Phoenix Papers Vol. 3, No. 1

“Pray For Me, Preacher: Embracement and Celebration of Fan Anger in AMC’s Preacher

February 25, 2017

English Graduate Organization Conference

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


“There’s a GIF for That: The Innovation of the Supernatural Fan-GIF”

February 18, 2017

SWPACA Conference

Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico


“Not Two People, but an Experience: Queer Representation and the Renegotiation of Fanworks in Steven Universe

June 16 2016

Console-ing Passions Conference

University of Notre Dame, Indiana


"Ocean Girl"


Ohio's Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, Z Publishing

“Selling Stars”


Astral Projections: A Constellation of Poetry, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform




22 More Quick Shivers, Cosmonomic Multimedia


“I Walk a Path of Cyclicality”


Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House, MX Publishing

Additional Experience

The Writing Revolution Training

Fall 2023

Six session course


Second Resident Director

Summer 2019

Supervising nine students for a one month study abroad trip to London

"Children's Literatures of Greater London, 1671-Present,” English Department, The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University's English 1110 Program Assessment Program 

Autumn 2018

Includes training, reading, and scoring student essays for the purposes of evaluating the First Year Writing Program and comparing it to other universities 

Research Assistant

Summer 2014

Doctor Caetlin Benson-Allott’s book Remote Control (Object Lessons), English Department, Georgetown University




How The ‘Coffee Shop AU’ Went From Author J.M. Snyder’s Brainchild to a Fanfiction Staple”    

January 29 2021                            

by Kristina Manentte, Syfy


“Millennials Can’t Stop Writing Fanfiction About Coffee Shops”

September 28 2018

by Gavia Baker-Whitelawa, The Daily Dot

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