Mel Stanfill

Mel Stanfill


Mel Stanfill is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Texts and Technology Program and the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. Stanfill holds a PhD in Communications and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Stanfill’s research is situated in cultural studies, examining media fans, social media, and the law through lenses of labor, consumption, heteronormativity, and whiteness, and has appeared in venues such as New Media and Society, Cinema Journal, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

Research Interests

Fan Studies; Queer Theory; Race and Gender Studies; Cultural Studies of Law; Media Studies

Selected Publications


  • Stanfill, Mel. Rock This Way: Cultural Constructions of Musical Legitimacy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2023.

  • Salter, Anastasia, and Mel Stanfill. 2020. A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy: The Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.   
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2019. Exploiting Fandom: How the Media Industry Seeks to Manipulate Fans. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.  


Book Sections/Chapters

  • Salter, Anastasia, and Mel Stanfill. 2023. “Game Studies, Endgame?” In Debates in the Digital Humanities 2023, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, 261–72. Univ Of Minnesota Press.
  • Stanfill, Mel and Anastasia Salter. 2022. “Avatar Bodies That Matter: The Work of 'Realism' in Gendered Representation.” EA Sports FIFA: Feeling the Game, edited by Raiford Guins, Henry Lowood, and Carlin Wing. New York:  Bloomsbury Press.

  • Stanfill, Mel. 2020. “Straight (White) Women Writing about Men Bonking? Complicating our Understanding of Gender and Sexuality in Fandom.” The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication, edited by Marnel Niles Goins, Joan Faber McAlister, and Bryant Keith Alexander, 446-458. New York: Routledge.
  • Mel Stanfill, Chris Gurrie, Jenny Korn, Jason M. Martin, and Khadijah White. 2018. “Climate on Campus: Intersectional Interventions in Contemporary Struggles.” Interventions: International Communication Association 2017 Theme Book New York: Peter Lang, p. 229-243
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2018. “The Unbearable Whiteness of Fandom and Fan Studies” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Fandom, ed Paul Booth. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2017. “The Fan Fiction Gold Rush, Generational Turnover, and the Battle for Fandom’s Soul”in Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, ed Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott. New York: Routledge.  
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2016. “Straighten up and Fly White: Whiteness, Heteronormativity, and the Representation of Happy Endings for Fans.” In Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture, edited by Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Updated: Aug 19, 2023