Curriculum Vitae

Katharine Elizabeth McCain

Department of English

The Ohio State University

421 Denney Hall

164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue

Columbus OH, 43210





Fall 2015 - Present: Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of English, The Ohio State University.

Summer 2014 - Fall 2014: Graduate Research Assistant, Georgetown University.

Fall 2013 - Spring 2015: Manuscript Editor, Private Employer, Washington, DC.

Summer 2013: English/ESL Instructor, Westtown Friends School, West Chester, PA.




Ph.D. English Language and Literature, The Ohio State University, Forthcoming.

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


M. A. English Language and Literature, Georgetown University, 2015.

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

B.A. Literatures in English, Connecticut College, 2013.

Classics, Connecticut College, 2013.

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




U.S. Television Studies, Fan Studies, Popular Culture and Media Studies, Queer and Feminist Theory, Horror Media 



"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, 2018. 

“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, 2018. 

 “Feeling Exposed? Irene Adler and the Self-Reflective Disguise.” Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Film and Television Adaptations Since 2009, edited by Nadine Farghaly. McFarland, 2015.


“Gotta Catch On: Intertextuality and the Popularity of Pokémon Go.” In Media Res. A Media Commons Project, 15 Oct. 2016. Web.     <>.



"Fans Love It a Latte: The Rise and Participatory Nature of Coffee Shop AUs." Fifth Annual Fandom & Neomedia Studies Association  

Conference. The Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas. June 10, 2017. 

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

“Pray For Me, Preacher: Embracement and Celebration of Fan Anger in AMC’s Preacher.” English Graduate Organization Conference.   The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. February 25, 2017.


“There’s a GIF for That: The Innovation of the Supernatural Fan-GIF.” SWPACA Conference. Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 18, 2017.


“Not Two People, but an Experience: Queer Representation and the Renegotiation of Fanworks in Steven Universe.” Console-ing          

Passions Conference. University of Notre Dame, Indiana. June 16, 2016.



"Ocean Girl" in Ohio's Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, Z Publishing. September 24, 2017 

“Selling Stars” in Astral Projections: A Constellation of Poetry, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. June 28, 2016.

“Your Antithesis” in Beyond the Breach: A Pacific Rim Fanbook, Independent Publisher. January 31st, 2016.


“Hereditary” in 22 More Quick Shivers, Cosmonomic Multimedia. October 1, 2014.


“I Walk a Path of Cyclicality” in Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House, MX Publishing. May 23, 2012.



Summer 2019: Second Resident Director for a one month study abroad trip to London,“Children's Literatures of Greater London, 1671-Present,” English Department, The Ohio State University.

Autumn 2018: Participant in The Ohio State University's English 1110 Program Assessment Program. Includes training, reading, and scoring student essays for the purposes of evaluating the First Year Writing Program and comparing it to other universities. 

Summer 2014: Research Assistant for Professor Caetlin Benson-Allott’s Remote Control, English Department, Georgetown University.