joan miller is a fourth year student who focuses primarily on empathy as communication. joan approaches her work through an interdisciplinary lens that incorporates perspectives from her previous education; a BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College, MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch. Her dissertation will focus on teaching empathy and emotional regulation to college undergraduates through interventions inspired by fandom, games, and the human-animal bond.

joan's work at the intersection of fandom and critical cultural studies will be published as book chapters in two forthcoming books; a chapter on the affective components of #Gamergate, in the Civic Imagination casebook (title tbd) with advisor Henry Jenkins and the Civic Paths research group (e. early 2019) and a chapter based on her MA thesis, "Raceplay: cross-racial cosplay as political speech" in a collection on race and fandom edited by Rukmini Pande (release date tbd). Currently joan's work includes an ongoing collaboration with the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion as both a Wellness Advocate and a voluntary research assistant analyzing the impact of the campus facility dog, Beauregard Tirebiter, and the Pause for Paws visiting therapy dog program.