Executive Committee

CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (President)


291883_10150342896118282_453763493_nCarrieLynn D. Reinhard is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. 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.

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. 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) and Heroes, Heroines and Everything In Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children’s Entertainment Media (Lexington, forthcoming).

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.


Jack Karlis (Vice President)


Jack Karlis (Ph.D., University of South Carolina, M.A. University of Florida) is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Georgia College and State University.

Karlis specializes in the application of social media under the strategic communication paradigm, which he incorporates into his pedagogy.

He has been a WWE fan since the 1980s and has attended nine Wrestlemanias since 2008.

Matt Foy (Chief Journal Editor)


Matt Foy is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Upper Iowa University. He earned his Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

His research on popular culture and interactive audiencing rituals blends elements of rhetorical, cultural, and performance studies.

Dan Mathewson (Chief Website/Blog Editor)

Dan MathewsonDan Mathewson is Associate Professor of Religion at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina where he teaches a variety of courses on religion and spirituality in contemporary society. During his college’s January semester, he co-teaches a course on professional wrestling in partnership with American Pro Wrestling, a local indie promotion.

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 published work explores such topics as biblical texts and trauma theory; post-Holocaust theology; American Evangelicalism; religion and film; and the intersection of religion and professional wrestling. Over the last several years, he has given a variety conference presentations and invited talks on indie wrestling in the South, Christian professional wrestling, and wrestling and southern identity. He has also produced an online documentary short on the co-founder of Christian professional wrestling, “Mr. #1” George South.Mr_Canada

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 dad’s turntable. 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 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.

Lowery Woodall III (Membership Officer and Treasurer)
Christopher Olson (Student Representative)

Christopher J. Olson is a Ph.D. student 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.

Since 2014, he has served as co-host of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, which he co-created with his partner, Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. Together, they co-authored the book Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema (Lexington, 2016). They co-edited the book Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and Heroes, Heroines and Everything In Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children's Entertainment Media (Lexington, forthcoming).

Luke Flanagan (Non-Academic Representative)
Melissa Jacobs (Member-at-Large)