Mel Stanfill is an Assistant Professor of Texts and Technology and Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. Stanfill holds a PhD in Communications and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Stanfill’s research interrogates how the relationship between media industries and their audiences in the Internet era is shaped by labor, intellectual property law, consumption, heteronormativity, and whiteness, and has appeared in venues such as New Media and SocietyCritical Studies in Media Communication, and Cinema Journal.

Research Interests

Digital Labor; Media Industry Studies; Interfaces; Fan Studies; Queer Theory; Race and Gender Studies

Selected Publications


  • Forthcoming Navar-Gill, Annemarie and Mel Stanfill. 2018. “We shouldn’t have to trend to make you listen”: Queer fan hashtag campaigns as production interventions.” Journal of Film and Video. 70 (3-4).
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2017. “Where the Femslashers Are: Media on the Lesbian Continuum.” Transformative Works and Cultures 24.
  • Mel Stanfill and Angharad N. Valdivia. 2017. “(Dis)locating Nations in the World Cup: Football Fandom and the Global Geopolitics of Affect.” Social Identities. (23) 1: 104-119. doi:10.1080/13504630.2016.1157466.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2015. “Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton: Lessons for Fandom from Sampling.” Cinema Journal 54 (3): 131–37. doi:10.1353/cj.2015.0021.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2015. “The Interface as Discourse: The Production of Norms through Web Design.” New Media & Society 17 (7): 1059–74. doi:10.1177/1461444814520873.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2013. “Fandom, Public, Commons.” Transformative Works and Cultures 14: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2013.0530.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2013. “”They’re Losers, but I Know Better”: Intra-Fandom Stereotyping and the Normalization of the Fan Subject.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 20 (2): 117–34. doi:10.1080/15295036.2012.755053.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2012. “Finding Birds of a Feather: Multiple Memberships and Diversity Without Divisiveness in Communication Research.” Communication Theory 22 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2011.01395.x.
  • Stanfill, Mel. 2011. “Doing Fandom, (Mis)Doing Whiteness: Heteronormativity, Racialization, and the Discursive Construction of Fandom.” Transformative Works and Cultures 8: n.p. doi:10.3983/twc.2011.0256.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming 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
  • Forthcoming 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.