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Brittany Kelley

Brittany KelleyTeaching Fellow in Digital Cultures  

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7551
Address Department of Digital Humanities
S3.38, Strand Building
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS

I completed my PhD at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, USA, where I wrote about online fanfiction and literacy practices in my dissertation, To My Betas, Endless Chocolate Frogs!: Exploring the Intersections of Emotion, the Body, and Literacy in Online Fanfiction. While in graduate school, I taught courses on writing and business communication. I then worked as an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Centre Director at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota, USA, where I developed a new service for students, faculty, and staff to talk about their various writing projects, including their successes and challenges. Here at Kings College, I plan to extend my work into fan studies and effective and ethical online research methodologies. 

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Fan studies
  • Literacy practices
  • Writing development

All of my research interests surround literacy and identity in one way or another. My dissertation focused on the identity and literacy practices in online fanfiction communities. In that project, I argued that fanfiction practices provide us with an insight into how digital technologies interact with literacy practices – especially in terms of how these technologies change the ways in which texts are produced, circulated, and received. My current work is to further theorize emotion theory and research ethics in relation to online fanfiction. I am particularly interested, across my work as a scholar, teacher, and mentor, in the deeply emotional journey of identity-shaping that happens when we engage with popular culture, digital spaces, and digital tools. In addition, I am interesting in seeing what connections exist among the literacy learning and practices that happen in both out-of-school and in-school spaces. Other research areas include: translanguaging; U.S. Borderland literatures; writing centres.

Selected Publications
  • Towards a Goodwill Ethics of Online Research Methods Transformative Works and Cultures, vol. 22, 2016.
  • Chocolate Frogs for My Betas!: Literacy Practices at One Online Fanfiction Website Computers and Composition, vol. 40, 2016, pp. 48-59. 

As a teacher, I am committed to encouraging students to consider genre, discourses, and community practices in their research and writing. I am particularly interested in providing both assignments and spaces for students to work through the political and emotional issues not only of their chosen topics, but certainly of their transitions into the college environment. I am particularly interested in investigating with students how digital tools and spaces can be better used to expand the typical limitations of many academic discourses. 


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