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Paul Booth

Paul Booth is an associate professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication. He received his PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He researches Fandom, New Media, Games, Technology, Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies. He teaches classes in media studies, television narrative, convergence and digital media, board games, popular culture, social media, communication technology, and participatory cultures.

He is the author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies, which examines fans of cult television programs, and of Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television, which compares time travel on television with social media. He is the editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who, a study of fans of the popular British television show, and has also published over 20 articles in journals such as Communication Studies, Transformative Works and Culture, Television and New Media, Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media and Culture, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. He has chapters in the books Crowdfunding the Future, Time Travel in the Media, Doctor Who and Language, Remake Television, Produsing Theory, Transgression 2.0, American Remakes of British Television, and Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy.

His latest book, Crossing Fandoms: SuperWhoLock and the Contemporary Fan Audience, was published earlier this year by Palgrave. In 2016, Prof. Booth co-edited two books published by Bloomsbury, Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture and Controversies in Digital Ethics.

Professor Booth is also working on forthcoming books and articles on fandom in media and popular culture, the 'event' of fandom, waves of fandom in fan studies classes, computers in culture, and transmedia.

He is currently enjoying a cup of coffee.

Selected Publications and Research


Chapters in Books

Doctor Who”. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. (Ed. Krin Gabbard) (Oxford University Press, 2015)


Professor Booth was honored by the PCA/ACA with their annual Inge Award for Best Comics Paper at the 2012 Popular Culture Association conference. The winning paper, "The Sand/Wo/Man: The Unstable Worlds of Gender in Neil Gaiman's Sandman Series," co-authored with grad student Ally Brisbin, examines gender issues in Gaiman's Sandman comic book series from the late 1980s-1990s.

Course List

  • CMN 102 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • CMN 396 Capstone
  • CMNS 366/MCS 366 Communication, Technology and Society
  • CMNS 545/MCS 520 Communication and Technology
  • LSP 110 Discover Chicago: Chicago in/on Film; Media in Chicago
  • LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar: The Fifty Year History of Doctor Who: Fandom and Production
  • MCS 271 Media and Cultural Studies
  • MCS 349 Special Topics in Film: Science Fiction On Screen
  • MCS 351 Special Topics in Television: Long Form Narrative
  • MCS 351/520; ENG 386; AMS 395 Special Topics in Television: Time Travel on Television
  • MCS 351/520; AMS 395 Special Topics in Television: Writing Television Criticism
  • MCS 352/AMS 395 Special Topics in New Media: Digital Culture and New Media
  • MCS 352 Special Topics in New Media: Games and Communities
  • MCS 352 Special Topics in New Media: Participatory Fandom and Popular Culture
  • MCS 352 Special Topics in New Media: Transmedia Culture
  • MCS 353/520; ENG 386 Special Topics in Media: Monsters in Popular Culture
  • MCS 361 Fandom and Participatory Culture
  • MCS 520 Special Topic: Alternate Reality Gaming
  • MCS 520 Special Topic: Complex Narratives
  • MCS 520 Special Topics: Fandom and Active Audiences
  • MCS 530 New Media and Culture
  • MCS 550 Fandom and Active Audiences
  • MCS 592 Independent Study