Joan Miller is the First-Year Representative for the Annenberg Communication Graduate Student Association (ACGSA)
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
Undergraduate/Graduate Institutions: BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College; MFA in Dramatic Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design; MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Research Areas: Fandom Studies, Video Game Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Interspecies Communication
Publications/presentations at USC Annenberg: None yet! I presented a panel at NYU's Praxis 2015 on Fanfiction as Queer Reading Practice. At the NYU Tisch Performance Studies MA Summit in 2015, I gave a Pecha Kucha-style presentation on my MA thesis, "Raceplay: Cross-racial Pop-Culture Cosplay as Political Activism."
Extracurricular Activities: First-Year Representative for ACGSA; member of Kalamazoo College Alumni Admissions Volunteers
Favorite thing about USC Annenberg: The community! Upper year students have been so helpful and supportive both socially and with research. Everyone wants to learn your interests and help direct you to fun and interesting opportunities. I really feel like the upper year students “have my back.”