2019 PCA General Election

Voting will be dine electronically. If you are an active member, you will receive a ballot via email. The email will come from a service called Election Buddy. Below is more information about the candidates, inclusing their nominee statement and CV. 

Nominees for Vice President/President Elect (listed in alphabetical order)

Sue Matheson

Sue Matheson’s CV

Statement of interest in the position:

It is an honor to have been nominated for the position of Vice President/President-Elect. Service to one’s colleagues is an integral part of our organization. The PCA/ACA’s outstanding support of its practitioners and scholars sets us apart from other scholarly groups, differentiates the quality of our work, and enhances our careers. I have seen how the PCA/ACA’s emphasis on collegiality and service has contributed to our growing national and international profile. Being a member of our governing board over the past four years, I have also seen how service within the PCA/ACA has positively influenced our organization’s health and scholarly stability. Because the Vice President/President-Elect helps ensure the health, well-being, and continued development of the PCA/ACA, I am interested in serving in this capacity. I am passionate about the PCA/ACA’s commitment to the study of Popular Culture and its members. It would be a privilege to work closely with next year’s President, Kathy Merlock Jackson, to support the careers of our members and further the activities of our governing board. My well-developed organizational skills, extensive committee experience, many publications, and strong commitment to the PCA/ACA qualify me for this position.

Background experience in the PCA/ACA that qualifies me for the position:

I began presenting at the SW/Texas PCA/ACA in 1999 and then at regional conferences in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. After a brief hiatus (while I investigated other organizations), I came back. The PCA/ACA is simply outstanding—its openness, scholarly rigor, and welcoming of diverse perspectives encourage tremendous intellectual and scholarly growth. I always look forward to talking with Helen Lewis and my colleagues in the Western Area each year. This is my tenth national conference (in a row), my sixth year of service on the advisory board of the Journal of American Culture, and my fourth year of service as a member-at-large on the PCA/ACA’s Governing Board. As a board member, I have done my best to promote the open and friendly conversation that is the hallmark of our organization. I have helped to safeguard the health and welfare of every PCA/ACA member by building consensus, ensure the financial health and scholarly stability of the PCA/ACA, and enhance our growing national and international profile. My familiarity with the PCA/ACA, over forty publications in the area of Popular Culture, service as the Western Area Chair at Film&History, and service as our Chair of the Governing Board’s Goal 6 committee enable me to offer well-developed skills to help foster a successful future for our organization. As the Vice-President of Awards, I have worked hard to reinforce the PCA/ACA’s relationship with publishers and presses. I’ve also been busy strengthening our on-going Awards roster. This year, the PCA/ACA is offering The Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald Award for Outstanding Work in African-American Popular Culture Studies for the first time. Next year, another annual Award will be launched—for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Popular Culture Studies.

My vision of the position:

My vision of the Vice President/President-Elect position is outlined by the PCA/ACA’s Bylaws which stipulate that the Vice President/President-Elect holds a subordinate position to the President and Governing Board and reports to the President. The duties of the Vice President/President-Elect include: 1) Serving the remainder of the President’s term if the President cannot or is no longer willing to serve or is removed; 2) Becoming the President at the end of the extant President’s term; 3) Supporting the continued development of the PCA/ACA; 4) Accepting other general duties as requested by the President; 5) Offering advice and counsel to the extant President; 6) Preparing to be President; 7) Serving as the Chair of the Bylaws Committee, a standing committee consisting of the Vice President/President-Elect, Past President and at least two Governing Board Members (including ex-officio) appointed by the President. Kathy Merlock Jackson, our out-going Vice President/President-Elect, has done a superb job. I would like to model my work after hers. I am looking forward to working with the Bylaws Committee, which is responsible for the direction of our organization and its character. Taking on general duties to further the growth of the PCA/ACA and preparing to be President would present new and exciting challenges. I’m a good listener, an enthusiastic colleague, and a responsible steward. I am interested in learning what everyone would like improved as the PCA/ACA’s 50th anniversary approaches. It would be an honor to serve you as the Vice President/President-Elect on the PCA/ACA Board.

Elmwood Watson

Elmood Watson’s CV

    Professor Michael Johnson, a Professor in the Department of Critical Culture and Communication at Washington State University and Vice President of Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion for the National Popular Culture Association has officially placed my name forward to be nominated for the position of Vice President /President Elect of PCA beginning in 2019. First off, I am very pleased to be considered for such a position and I am deeply appreciative of the high regard and confidence that Professor Johnson has placed in my academic accomplishments.

    PCA is one of only a few academic organizations that can be considered among the godfathers of interdisciplinary scholarship. It has served as a haven for those scholars whose work has all too often been ignored, marginalized or dismissed as supposedly “too flashy” “lacking serious academic rigor” “out of the mainstream” etc… by other supposedly “more mainstream” organizations. Moreover, the extraordinary smorgasbord of diversity among the sort of individual who attend the annual convention - humanities scholars, social science scholars, faculty in the hard and applied sciences, administrators, attorneys, physicians, businessmen to name a few, demonstrates the undeniable fact that the conference is one where both academics and non-academics can showcase their scholarship in an environment where academic pluralism is actually practiced and reigns supreme.

   I believe that I would be an ideal candidate to hold such a position for a few reasons. A close examination of my curriculum vitae will demonstrate that the sort of college courses I have taught over the past 22 years, public talks I have delivered as well as my books and articles personify the type of cutting edge, cross-disciplinary scholarship that defines the primary purpose of PCA and those who aspire to be part of such an entity. My 2001 Russel B. Nye Award winning co-authored article “The Miss America Pageant: Pluralism, Femininity and Cinderella All In One,” in The Journal of Popular Culture (Summer 2001) is one such example.

  I have also been a committed conference attendee since 2001 and have participated on a number of panels with topics ranging from academic administration to Miss America to Ally McBeal, Oprah Winfrey to  masculinity to Generation X. My efforts were able to persuade many first time attendees to become regular conference veterans.

  In regards to my service accomplishments, I previously served as Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction for the organization from (2014-2017) and as a board member from (2012-2015). I previously served as area chair for Generation X from 2012-2016. In addition, I was instrumental in the successful creation of the recently established position Vice President for Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion as I submitted a proposal in 2014 that was eventually unanimously accepted by many the board of directors and the then President, Michael Marsden in April 2015. I also serve as a member on the editorial board of the Journal Of American Culture. My attached CV demonstrates the numerous teaching, research, administrative and other accomplishments I have secured during my tenure here at my current institution. Thus, I have served in both capacities, as a board member and as an officer in the organization.

  The aforementioned examples that I have presented should make it evident that my interest in both, popular culture and American culture is one of passion, sincerity, a fierce commitment to diversity in all its forms and an undeniable unison with the mission of PCA. It is based on these  factors that I wish to be considered for a position on the PCA Board of Directors. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nominations for Vice President for Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion (listed in alphabetical order)


Novotny Lawrence

Novotny Lawrence’s CV

It is with great enthusiasm that I submit this statement to express interest in the Popular Culture Association’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion position, which aligns with my teaching, research specialization, and service.  In particular, I have designed a number of courses based on my area of emphasis (African American cinematic representation), such as History of African American Images in Film, Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Origins, Evolution, and Demise, Documenting the Black Experience, and Race in the Media.  In each course that I instruct I incorporate history, theory, and criticism to demonstrate the ways in which the media have historically marginalized people of color, while also highlighting members of such populations who have seized the means of production to challenge dominant ideologies.  Importantly, while race is the primary focus of many of my classes, I also examine the intersections of class, gender, and sexual orientation.  
My work in the classroom informs my research agenda which also primarily centers on the African American cinematic experience.  This broad topic served as the catalyst for my emphasis on 1970s Blaxploitation Cinema, a growing area of academic inquiry.  Because films such as Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), Shaft (1971), and Coffy (1973), played such a significant role in the black motion picture experience, I have worked to move Blaxploitation Cinema from the margins of cinema proper by considering the movement from a variety of perspectives.  For example, my book Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s (Routledge Press, 2007), is a genre study, while in “A Cinema of Contradictions: Gay and Lesbian Representation in Blaxploitation Cinema,” I problematize the films’ distorted representations of gay and lesbian identities.  Moreover, my edited volume, Documenting the Black Experience: Essays on African American History, Culture, and Identity in Nonfiction Films (McFarland Press, 2014), is just the second academic text solely devoted to examining black-themed documentaries.  More recently, I co-authored a book chapter on Jordan Peele’s horror thriller, Get Out (2017), demonstrating how the film challenges dominant discourses regarding urban communities, and as the title indicates, in “Representing Race and Network TV: This is Us,” I examine constructions of blackness in NBC’s hit series.    
Importantly, my research serves as the basis for the institutional, professional, and community service in which I engage.  For example, I chaired the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts’ Diversity Committee for four years during my time at Southern Illinois University.  My work on the committee included organizing film screenings to examine race, gender, and globalism, and establishing a “safe room,” which provided students experiencing or concerned with issues of inequality in the College and on campus a forum to seek assistance with addressing those problems.  I am continuing to work on diversity and inclusion initiatives at my new institution, serving on the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication’s Diversity Sub-committee at Iowa State University.  I also have experience in conference programming as I am currently the Area Chair for Race and Ethnicity for the Film & History Conference.  In 2017, I revitalized the area, which had not been a part of the conference for several years, because the previous Chair stepped down.  At the last two conferences, Race and Ethnicity has featured a diverse collection of essays focusing on marginalized populations and has been so well-received that in 2018, I received the Peter C. Rollin’s Director Award for conference organization.  My work also extends 
to the community where I have moderated film screenings and discussions such as “Hidden Histories and the Need for the Civil Rights Act,” “Race, Policing, & Justice: Lessons from Ferguson,” and served as the facilitator for the St. Louis International Film Festival’s 50-year Anniversary screening of Sidney Poitier’s, In the Heat of the Night (1967).  Finally, I recently joined the Ames Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to participate in the organization’s ongoing work on diversity and inclusion in the community.   
As my CV illustrates, the PCA has helped advance my research and career, more broadly.  The national conference has been a wonderful venue where I have presented papers on a number of research projects that have either been published or that I will develop into book chapters/journal articles moving forward.  Since becoming familiar with PCA in the fall of 2005, I have consistently attended the conference, chairing panels and presenting papers such as “Fear of a Blaxploitation Monster: Blackness as Generic Revision in Blacula,” “Predictions in Retrospect: The Twilight Zone’s ‘Number 12’ Looks Just Like Us,” “A Matter of Slavesploitation: Big Momma’s House and the Neo-Minstrelsy Aesthetic,” and “Nothing New Under the Sun: The Re-Implementation of 80s Sitcom Tropes in the NBC Drama, This is Us.”  Because of the critical role that PCA has played in my career, I was humbled, elated, and proud when in 2017 I was elected to the Governing Board.  Since assuming that position I have served on the Executive Director Search Committee, the Bylaws Committee, and the 2018 Nominations Committee. 
Significantly, my service on the Governing Board has also included working with current VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Michael Johnson, to ensure that the organization more effectively serves members of marginalized populations.  This work is vital to the future of PCA and I would welcome the opportunity to continue leading the charge in that area.  My vision is to work closely with the Governing Board, Officers, and membership to conceive of initiatives to further establish the conference as inclusive, work to recruit and retain members of marginalized communities, and continue to ensure a diverse organizational leadership.  I also envision working with the American Culture Association and Journal of Popular Culture editors to ensure that the publications consistently feature work that is diverse in theme and representation.  Among the best ways to accomplish that is by consistently compiling a diverse editorial board and via special issues, among others.  Similar considerations must also be addressed in terms of the national conference as I strongly feel that the VP of Diversity and Inclusion should work to make certain that varied topic areas and presentations remain staples of the meeting.  At the same time, the VP should prioritize making certain that registration fees promote inclusivity, especially in a time of decreased travel funding from academic institutions for faculty and graduate students alike.  Finally, I look forward to assisting in the selection of conference keynote speakers to ensure that people from underrepresented communities are provided the opportunity to share their experiences with PCA’s membership.     
As this letter illustrates, I have a great deal of experience that will directly translate to the VP of Diversity and Inclusion position.  While work in the areas of diversity and inclusion is rarely easy, if elected to the position I would fully embrace the challenge and work hard to ensure that the PCA continues to adapt to, reflect, and embrace our ever-changing world.  Thank you in advance for your consideration. 

David Moody

David Moody’s CV

Over the past twelve years, I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge, thoughts, and research regarding cultural issues in America by participating as a presenter, student sponsor (three of my former undergraduate students have presented papers at PCA/ACA) panel chairperson and Area Chair for PCA/ACA. In addition, I presented at two PCA/ACA international conferences (Finland, 2009; Costa Rica, 2011). I have served as an Area Chair since 2011 and with the help and support of Dr. David Silverman, I created a new special topics area titled Black Popular Culture for the 2019 conference. 

In 2014, I was the recipient for the Harry Shaw Award which was presented to me by the African-American Culture Area of PCA/ACA. Additionally, a new committee was formed in 2018 (I served on this committee) to restructure/rename the award and make it a part of the PCA/ACA annual awards ceremony. The Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald Award for Outstanding Contributions to African American Popular Culture Research is given yearly to the person who has contributed significantly to research on African American Popular Culture.

I am the author of two books that focus on issues relating to diversity: The Complexity and Progression of Black Representation in Film and Television (2016) and Political Melodies in the Pews ?: The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first-Century Church (2012) published by Lexington Books (a subsidiary of Rowman and Littlefield). (I met my publisher at the 2011 PCA/ACA conference.)  Recently (within the past twelve months) I have served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of American Culture, Journal of Pan-African Studies, and Routledge.

My expectations in life has always been to offer helpful guidance, positive leadership, and heartfelt inspiration to students, as well as my colleagues inside and outside the classroom. PCA/ACA has given me an opportunity to participate in an educational environment designed to provide a multicultural experience and foster friendships between people of all cultures and disciplines. The opportunity to serve as the Vice President for Diversity, Outreach & Inclusion would be a rewarding experience for me—one that I could share with my students and colleagues.

Vision statement/suggestions regarding enhancing the awareness of PCA/ACA from a diversity perspective:

1. Create professional development programs (forums) to discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion. The narrative could focus on some of the challenges of identity and diversity that faculty and graduate students have experienced in academia. 

2. Reach out to HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), and smaller liberal arts colleges to create the awareness of PCA/ACA from a diversity perspective—this would help to build relationships. (E.g., Spelman College, Howard University, Hampton University, Lincoln University of Missouri, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, etc. I know the president at Lincoln University of Missouri very well—I plan to reach out to her regarding opportunities for her faculty/students to get involved with PCA/ACA).

3. Promote the work (scholarship), of faculty of color.

3. Design programs to sell/promote the positives (strong points) of being a member of PCA/ACA.


Nominations for Trustee at large (listed in alphabetical order)

Amie Doughty

Amie Dought’s CV

1) Statement of interest in the Trustee at Large Governing Board Member position:

My desire to become more involved with PCA/ACA has grown since I became a member in
2002, and my experience as an Area Chair for the past five years has increased my desire to take
a more active role in the organization. I have enjoyed working with the presenters in my area, as
well as meeting with and discussing issues with other area chairs. I would like to increase my
responsibility in the organization and my interaction with members, and I think being an at Large
Governing Board Member will afford me this opportunity.

2) Experience or background in the PCA/ACA that supports qualifications for the position:

I have been a member of the PCA since 2002, when I first presented at the national conference in
Toronto. Since then, I have presented at each national PCA/ACA conference. In June 2014, I
became the Area Chair for the Children’s Literature and Culture area, which has subsequently
been renamed Children’s and YA Literature and Culture to reflect the growing prominence of
YA literature presentations in the area. As area chair, in addition to the traditional duties, I have
created and maintain social media accounts for the area on Facebook and Twitter. In addition to
my participation in the national conference, I have also more recently begun attending the
Northeast Popular Culture Association’s regional conferences and have presented at the past five
conferences; in October 2018, I became the Area Chair for the Fantasy and Science Fiction area
of the NEPCA. Beyond my participation in both national and regional PCA/ACA conferences, I
have published two monographs about popular culture with McFarland, as well as edited two
collections of essays with Cambridge Scholars, and published several articles, primarily about
children’s fantasy and folktale revisions. Each of these publications came about as a direct result
of my participation in the PCA/ACA.

3) Vision statement for the position: 

I believe that the PCA/ACA has functioned well since I became a member, and I would see my
role as a Trustee at Large as helping to make sure that practices that have worked well in the past
continue. In particular, the manner in which the organization mentors graduate students is
important, and I was excited to see the recent addition of representation of graduate students/preprofessionals to the Governing Board. I also believe that the organization must do its best to be forward-thinking, particularly in terms of sustainability—steps already begun with the reduction
in size of the printed program and the utilization of an electronic, searchable, program app. In addition, I would like to see the organization’s facilitation of the exchange of teaching materials continue to develop. Further, the PCA/ACA’s focus on diversifying its membership is one I share, and I would like to be a part of the continued efforts to increase diverse membership and

Camille McCutcheon

Camille McCurceon’s CV 

I am honored to be nominated for the post of Trustee at Large Governing Board Member. I have a Joint Master’s Degree in English and Library and Information Science and have been employed as a professional librarian since 1996. Since graduating with my joint master’s degree, I have worked as a professional librarian at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC (1996 – 1998) and at the University of South Carolina Upstate Library in Spartanburg, SC (1998 – present). At USC Upstate, I am a tenured senior librarian and hold the rank of Librarian, which is equivalent to the rank of Professor. I am an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and currently serve on the ALA-APA (Allied Professional Association) Standing Committee on Salaries and Status of Library Workers. I am also a Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society Executive Board member and currently serve as Archivist for the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). In 2015-2016, I served as President of the Southeastern Library Association and since 2002, have held various leadership positions on the SELA Executive Board.

In 2000, I gave my first PCA paper on evaluating Hollywood biographies for the Libraries, Archives & Museums Area. After my presentation, the Area Chair, Allen Ellis, encouraged me to establish a Biography Area for the PCA.  I spoke with Ray Browne, who approved my request to establish the Biography Area, and have been actively involved in the Association since then. My involvement in the PCA/ACA has been invaluable to me. Not only have I enjoyed listening to paper presentations, but I have networked with colleagues, made lifelong friends, and spent many hours perusing the new books in the Exhibit Room. As a librarian interested in the dissemination and preservation of Popular Culture and American Culture, I am delighted that more and more books are being published about Popular Culture and American Culture and that there has been an increase in the number of publishers exhibiting their titles at the Conference.

In 2000, I established the Biography and Popular Culture Area and have served both as its chair (2001-2002) and its co-chair (2003-2006). When the PCA and the ACA had separate governing boards, I served as one of the two PCA Vice-Presidents in 2003-2004. In 2004, I was a committee member for the Best Popular Culture Book Award. In December 2012, I was approached to assume the position of Book Review Editor for The Journal of American Culture and served in this capacity from December 2012 – December 2018. In 2017, I received the 2017 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Special Journal Award for Outstanding Work as Book Review Editor for The Journal of American Culture. Currently, I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of American Culture (2010 – present) and for The Journal of Popular Culture (2002 – present). Currently, I am a committee member of the PCA/ACA Award for Best Electronic Research Site. Since 2000, I have presented at fourteen national conferences and at six regional conferences. My research interests include Hollywood biographies, film studies, and children’s and adolescent literature.

I am delighted with the prospect of serving as a Trustee at Large Governing Board Member. Other PCA/ACA members I respect have asked me to accept this opportunity. As a member for almost twenty years, I am deeply committed to this Association and wish to give back as much as I possibly can. I believe that my experience as a former PCA Vice-President, an Area Chair, a member of both Editorial Advisory Boards, and as Book Review Editor makes me uniquely qualified to serve as a PCA/ACA Board member.

Vision Statement

I believe that PCA/ACA Board members serve as stewards of the Association. I would work toward promoting fiscal responsibility, growing the PCA/ACA Endowment, and enhancing and promoting the reputations of The Journal of American Culture and The Journal of Popular Culture as leading scholarly periodicals in their respective fields. I would work toward increasing the number of vendors who exhibit at the Conference and with strengthening ties with the regional associations and other affiliates such as Film & History. I would like to see the PCA/ACA Conference receive more publicity from local/national media outlets. At the start of a Conference, it would be terrific to see a feature about the Conference in the local newspaper or on a local television station. I also think that the PCA/ACA should celebrate the achievements of its members. For instance, in a prominent location at the Conference, a list of members who have had books published since the last Conference could be displayed. The PCA/ACA should also celebrate the diversity of its members and practice inclusiveness so that all voices can be heard. Panels in areas including race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability studies should continue to be encouraged. Other types of diverse perspectives such as age, length of time as PCA/ACA members, and regionalism (region in the U.S. or in the world where PCA/ACA members reside) should be valued. Finally, I believe the mentor program should be nourished and expanded to encourage members to assume future leadership positions in the PCA/ACA.

Past Contributions to the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Attended the following PCA/ACA Conferences

Indianapolis – 2018; San Diego – 2017; Seattle – 2016; New Orleans – 2015; Chicago – 2014; Washington, DC – 2013; St. Louis – 2010; Atlanta – 2006; San Diego – 2005; San Antonio – 2004; New Orleans – 2003; Toronto – 2002; Philadelphia – 2001; New Orleans – 2000

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference Presentations

  • 2018 PCA/ACA Conference in Indianapolis, IN, March 28-31, 2018. “A Hero to Many: Bob Crane’s Life Reexamined.”
  • 2017 PCA/ACA Conference in San Diego, CA, April 12-15, 2017. “Deflect and Parry: Rock Hudson’s Relationship with the Popular Press.”
  • 2016 PCA/ACA Conference in Seattle, WA, March 22-25, 2016. “The Rock of Gibraltar and the Hudson River: The Portrayal of Rock Hudson’s Life on Television.”
  • 2015 PCA/ACA Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 1– 4, 2015. “Rock Hudson: A Look Back.”
  • 2014 PCA/ACA Conference in Chicago, IL, April 16 – 19, 2014. “Dishing the Dirt: Telling it to Louella, Hedda, and Walter.”
  • 2013 PCA/ACA Conference in Washington, DC, March 27 – 30, 2013. “The Man of a Thousand (And One) Faces: Searching for the Real Lon Chaney.”
  • 2010 PCA/ACA Conference in St. Louis, MO, March 31 – April 3, 2010. “Stevenson’s Long John Silver and Sabatini’s Captain Blood: Three Decades of Cinematic Treasure.”
  • 2006 PCA/ACA Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 14, 2006. “Truth as Fiction, Fiction as Truth: Hollywood Novels as Biography, Hollywood Biographies as Novels.”
  • 2005 PCA/ACA Conference in San Diego, CA, March 23 – March 26, 2005. “D. W. Griffith’s Contemporaries: Prominent Hollywood Directors during the Silent Era.”
  • 2004 PCA/ACA Conference in San Antonio, TX, April 7 – April 10, 2004. “Big Daddy’s Brood: Simpering Sons and Delta Dawn Daughters.”
  • 2003 PCA/ACA Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 16, 2003. “Errol Flynn: The Man, the Myth, the Movies.”
  • 2002 PCA/ACA Conference in Toronto, Canada, March 14, 2002. “Caldecott and Newbery Books as a Reflection of the Culture.”
  • 2001 PCA/ACA Conference in Philadelphia, PA, April 13, 2001. “Rattling (Exposing) the Skeletons in the Closet: Biographies of Film Stars Penned by Their Relatives.”
  • 2000 PCA/ACA Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 20, 2000. “Film Star Biographies: Scurrilous or Scholarly, To Read or Not to Read.”

Regional PCA/ACA Conference Presentations

  • 2017 Far West PCA/ACA Conference Las Vegas, NV, February 23-26, 2017. As Book Review Editor for The Journal of American Culture, I served as a participant on the Publications Panel.
  • 2016 Southwest PCA/ACA Conference Albuquerque, NM, February 10 – 13, 2016. As Book Review Editor for The Journal of American Culture, I served as a participant on the Academic Publishing Panel.
  • 2014 Far West PCA/ACA Conference Las Vegas, NV, February 21 – 23, 2014. As Book Review Editor for The Journal of American Culture, I served as a participant on the Publication-Academic and Popular Panel.
  • Presentation at the 2003 PCA/ACS South Conference in Atlantic Beach, FL, October 2, 2003. “Moonlight and Magnolias?: Southern Belles, Demented Maids, and Manipulative Mothers in Southern Film.”
  • Presentation at the 2002 PCA/ACS South Conference in Charlotte, NC, October 5, 2002. “Family Ties: Hollywood’s Image of Big Daddy in Films about the South.”
  • Presentation at the 2000 PCA/ACS South Conference in Nashville, TN, October 5, 2000. “Music to Kill By: American Psycho.”

Andrew Patrick Nelson

Andrew Patrick Nelson’s CV

It is an honor to be nominated by Michael Marsden for one of the open Trustee At-Large positions on the PCA Board. The PCA has been a consistently positive force in my academic career. As a graduate student attending my first conference in 2010, I encountered a welcoming, supportive community of scholars, many of whom have since become trusted mentors and cherished friends. What distinguishes the PCA from other scholarly organizations, in my view, is that it is a community organized not around a discipline, with competing schools and internecine feuds, but around shared interests. The PCA and its members have not forgotten what brought us here in the first place: a love of popular culture, and a deep, ongoing commitment to exploring and documenting its centrality in modern life. I’ve benefitted in numerous ways from my association with the organization, and want to give back in the same way that many PCA stalwarts gave back to me. 

Experience with the PCA

I have attended seven national PCA conferences since 2010, and have also attended the Southwest PCA and Far West PCA conferences. I have served on the advisory board of the Journal of American Culture since 2014. 

Vision Statement  

I am ready, willing and able to help the PCA in any way that I can. If elected, I pledge to focus my attention on the issue of precarious employment. I see this as the most pressing issue facing not only all scholarly organizations like ours, but the academy in general. We can no longer simply complain about “too many graduate programs producing too many students for too few permanent posts.” This situation has come to a head, and the precariously employed are no longer the exception—they are the majority. “Professional development for all members” is rightly a focus of the current PCA strategic plan, but what does professional development mean in the current context? We have an ethical duty to determine how the PCA can support these valued colleagues, just as we have worked to address issues of diversity and inclusivity in recent years. Offering discounted membership and conference registration is a start. Examining how the precariously employed are currently represented by and in the PCA is a next step. Permanent board representation from this constituency might be another. 

More specifically to the PCA, I would hope to contribute to current conversations about our relation to other celebrations of popular culture. I cannot help but think of the 2016 Seattle conference, which was scheduled during the week in order to accommodate a large anime convention. Many such cons now include academic panels. How do we feel about this?

What is our response? To what degree are we a part of, or apart from, the popular culture that we study? 

Debbie Phillips

Debbie Phillips CV

           My name is Debbie Phillips and I am the current Chair and Professor of the Communication, Media, & Theatre Department at Muskingum University.  I have been a member of the PCA/ACA organization since 1993.  I have served as Chair for the Animal Studies area for two years and have been the Area Chair for Gender and Media Studies since 2003.  I have also served on the Diversity Task Force for PCA/ACA for a year and have been part of the team reviewing applicants for the Marsden Grants for the past three years.  I created an Introduction to Popular Culture course at Muskingum University that currently fulfills a General Education requirement for U.S. traditions and experiences.  My interest in the PCA/ACA organization is so strong that in 1995 I created the division called “Popular Communication” for the Southern States Communication Association which was modeled after the national organization, and is still a strong division of SSCA today. 

              I first joined the PCA/ACA organization because it was such a fun and interesting organization with a welcoming climate despite its large numbers (Southern States Communication Association was a much smaller regional organization that I had belonged to since I was a graduate student at Florida State University).  I knew after my first conference with PCA/ACA that this was the best organization for me and I haven’t stopped attending since. 

              If I had to choose a vision for the future of the PCA/ACA organization, then I would highlight this welcoming type of community of interdisciplinary scholars.  I would strive to maintain an approachable, friendly, and welcoming climate in order to recruit more new faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students.  I strongly believe that the strength of any organization is the infusion of new members.  I believe these new members are important to the future of the organization.  I would work toward more opportunities for these new members to serve the organization and present their ideas and work.  I also feel that more diversity of members and diversity within the governing body of PCA/ACA is also needed. 

            I would also like to thank David Silverman who nominated me for the position, and to thank the Election Subcommittee and Kathy Merlock Jackson of the PCA/ACA organization for their time.  I am honored to be nominated for a governing position in the organization and look forward to continue my work with the Popular Culture/American Culture Association.   



What do I do if I didn’t get my ballot email?

First, check your spam/junk folder.  If it isn’t there, and you are an active member of PCA/ACA, you should have received a ballot link via email. If you did not, please email the Executive Director  and The PCA President their contact information is on the leadership page.

I nominated someone but they aren’t on the ballot, why not?
Our bylaws require that nominees be considered by the Nominating committee and selected for the ballot in precise numbers. For example, only two candidates may be put forth for each “Member at Large” position available.