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Alexis Lothian

Alexis LothianAssistant Professor of English

Office: Leonard 209B
Phone: 724-357-4937
Twitter: @alothian
Personal Website 


  • Ph.D. in English with Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California, 2012.
    Dissertation: Deviant Futures: Queer Temporality and the Cultural Politics of Science Fiction.
  • M.A. with Distinction in Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change, University of Sussex, 2005.
    Thesis: Science Fiction in Queer Space/Time: Samuel R. Delany and the Futures of Desire.
  • M.A. (Hons), First Class in English Language and Literature, University of Edinburgh, 2003, with International Exchange Year, University of California at Berkeley, 2001-2.

Academic Interests

Queer Theory; Critical Race and Gender Analysis; Cultural Studies; New Media; Speculative Fiction in Literature, Film, and Television; Internet and Fan Cultures; Remix Video; Technology Studies; Digital Humanities.


Alexis Lothian researches and teaches at the intersections of cultural studies, digital media, speculative fiction, and queer theory. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Deviant Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Time, that explores alternative futures dreamed up by feminists, queers, and people of color in 20th- and 21st-century Britain and America––from feminist utopians to video remixers––in order to inquire into historical and political narratives that the seemingly transparent terminology of “the future” has obscured. She also works on new artistic forms that are emerging from fan communities, particularly digital remix video (vidding), especially as these forms engage critical readings of media texts and are used to participate in social justice activism, and she is developing a second book project––provisionally titled Queer Geek Politics: Fandom, Social Justice, and Transmedia Cultures of Radical Critique on this subject.

Alexis is the editor of the book Futures of Feminism and Fandom, coeditor of a Social Text Periscope dossier on Speculative Life, and a founding member of the editorial team for the journal Transformative Works and Cultures.


Edited Collections

The WisCon Chronicles 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom. Seattle: Aqueduct Press. 2012. Edited book.

With Jayna Brown, Social Text Periscope: Speculative Life. January 2012. Curated series of short online essays published by the peer reviewed journal Social Text.


“Archival Anarchies: Online Fandom, Subcultural Conservation, and the Transformative Work of Digital Ephemera.” International Journal of Cultural Studies. Forthcoming in print; available online September 2012. doi:10.1177/1367877912459132. Peer reviewed article.

“Marked Bodies, Transformative Scholarship, and the Question of Theory in Digital Humanities.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1.1. March 2012. Invited contribution to special section of journal practicing new forms of scholarly publication and review.

“Speculating Queerer Worlds.” Social Text Periscope: Speculative Life. January 2012. As above.

Kristina Busse and Alexis Lothian. “Scholarly Critiques and Critiques of Scholarship: the Uses of Remix Video.” Camera Obscura 77. September 2011. 139-146. Invited contribution to editorially reviewed dossier in peer reviewed journal.

“An Archive of One’s Own: Subcultural Creativity and the Politics of Conservation.” Transformative Works and Cultures 6. 2011. Contribution to editorially reviewed section of peer reviewed journal.

“Living in a Den of Thieves: Fan Video and Digital Challenges to Ownership.” Cinema Journal 48.4, Summer 2009. 130-136. Invited contribution to editorially reviewed dossier in peer reviewed journal.

Kristina Busse and Alexis Lothian. “Bending Gender: Feminist and (Trans)Gender Discourses in the Changing Bodies of Slash Fanfiction.” Internet Fiction(s). Ed. Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Anton Kirchhofer, and Sirpa Leppänen. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2009. 105-27. Invited contribution to scholarly book.

Alexis Lothian, Kristina Busse and Robin Anne Reid. “Yearning Void and Infinite Potential: Online Slash Fandom as Queer Female Space.” English Language Notes 45.2, Fall/Winter 2007. Special issue on “Queer Space.” Ed. Jane Garrity. 103-112. Peer reviewed article.

“Grinding Axes and Balancing Oppositions: The Transformation of Feminism in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Science Fiction.” Extrapolation 47.3, Fall/Winter 2006. 380-395. Peer reviewed article.


“Feminist Futures Out of Time: Reading Joanna Russ’s What Are We Fighting For.” The Cascadian Subduction Zone: A Literary Quarterly. Joanna Russ Memorial Issue. September 2012. 10-14. Review essay.

Review of Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger, and Joan Gordon (eds.), Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction. 2008. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 22.3. 2012. 438-441.

Entries for “Samuel R. Delany” and “Queer Science Fiction.” Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Robin Anne Reid. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 2009. 83-85; 251-254

“Taxonomies of Transgression.” Review of Dunja M. Mohr, Worlds Apart: Dualism and Transgression in Contemporary Female Dystopias. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2005. Extrapolation 49.2, Summer 2008, 318-324.

  • English Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 110
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2261
  • Fax: 724-357-2265
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.