CarrieLynn D. Reinhard is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the Ohio State University. She served as a post-doctoral researcher in virtual worlds and reception studies at Roskilde University in Roskilde, Denmark. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on reception studies, primarily concerning digital communication technologies. She authored the book Fractured Fandoms: Contentious Communication in Fan Communities (Lexington, 2018). She serves as an Editor for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. She is co-chair for the Wrestling Studies area for Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture.
Along with her partner, Christopher J. Olson of Dominican University, she is co-author of Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema (Lexington, 2016). Together, they are co-editor of Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), Heroes, Heroines and Everything In Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children’s Entertainment Media (Lexington, 2017), and Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (Routledge, 2019). They also co-host The Pop Culture Lens podcast, which looks at pop cultural texts using different academic concepts and theories. She also runs her own website with her research at Playing, With Research.
His research on popular culture and interactive audiencing rituals blends elements of rhetorical, cultural, and performance studies.
Dan Mathewson is Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Religion at Wofford College. Dan received his Ph.D. from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion, where, during his final year, he was a fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. His scholarly interests revolve around issues of religion and spirituality in contemporary society; pedagogy and intercultural competence; and the intersection of religion, professional wrestling, and southern identity. During his college’s January semester, Dan co-teaches a course on professional wrestling in partnership with American Pro Wrestling, a local indie promotion. He has also produced an online documentary short on the co-founder of Christian professional wrestling, “Mr. #1” George South.
Dan is from Toronto and grew up a huge fan of his local promotion, Maple Leaf Wrestling (acquired by the WWF in the 1980s). 1985 was a big wrestling year for Dan: he attended WrestleMania 1, broadcast live via the mind-blowing technology of closed-circuit TV, at the Toronto International Centre; and, for Christmas, his parents gave him a copy of “The Wrestling Album,” which he’d play over and over on his new ghettoblaster. His favorite song was (and is) “Land of a Thousand Dances?!!?”
Dan’s favorite wrestlers are George “The Animal” Steele, “Iron” Mike Sharpe, the duo of Raisha Saeed and Awesome Kong, Colt Cabana, and The Iron Sheik, his favorite wrestler of all time. As a child, he was terrified of Baron von Raschke. As an adult, he remains terrified of Abdullah the Butcher.
In 2013, at the ripe young age of 39, Dan fulfilled a childhood dream and became a professional wrestler. He grappled as Mr. Canada, a French-Canadian heel, but was forced into retirement after his first match – a condition stipulated by Mrs. Canada before she’d allow him to go to wrestling school. Mr. Canada un-retired a few years later (don't tell Mrs. Canada), and now has a career record of 1-2. He is now in semi-retirement.
Dr. Lowery A. Woodall III is an associate professor in the Communication & Theatre Department at Millersville University. He has been the Station Advisor to WIXQ 91.7-FM for six years. He was recently appointed to the position of Faculty Coordinator of General Education & High Impact Practices beginning in the Fall of 2019. His primary research interests center around the portrayal of race, gender and sexuality in popular culture. He is the co-editor of the book, Joss Whedon and Race: Critical Essays, published by McFarland.
Christopher J. Olson is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee with a Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies concentration. He received his M.A. in Media and Cinema Studies from DePaul University.
He has taught classes on masculinity, interracial communication, ethics and superheroes, film as art, and game studies. He published the award-winning article "Shakespeare, Didgeridoos, and Samurai Cowboys: Remixing National and Cultural Identities in Sukiyaki Western Django" in the Popular Culture Studies Journal.
He is author, co-author, or co-editor of the books The Greatest Cult TV Shows of All Time (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (Routledge, 2019), 100 Greatest Cult Films (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Heroes, Heroines and Everything In Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children's Entertainment Media (Lexington, 2017), Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema (Lexington, 2016), and Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). Since 2014, Christopher has served as co-host of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, which he co-created with his partner, Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University.