I work to promote the field of anime and manga studies and to facilitate communications between scholars, students, industry professionals, fans and others interested in academic approaches to Japanese animation and comics in several different ways. I am one of the founders of the Anime and Manga Research Circle, and the editor of the Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Research (currently on hiatus and in development for a re-launch). I also organize the annual Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, held each year as a part of the program at Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in the U.S., and have presented on related topics at other major anime conventions, such as Otakon, New York Comic-Con, Anime Boston, Anime Central, and A-Kon.
My own academic interests are in the areas of scholarly publishing, social informatics, and organization of information in different social and cultural contexts. I received a master’s in library science (MLS) from the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University Bloomington (now the Department of Information and Library Science). and a BA in international affairs from The George Washington University. My publications include refereed articles in Transformative Works and Cultures, Knowledge Management and E-Learning, and the Law Library Journal, contributions to several professional magazines/newsletters, and event reports, news items, reviews, and feature articles for the Anime News Network..
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