I’m Lori Morimoto, and I research and write about transcultural fandoms, convergence culture/transfandom, Hollywood marketing overseas, and East Asian regional popular culture.

I began writing critically about media in middle school, when I ripped Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom a new one (in my diary) for being so hopelessly colonialist, then followed it up in high school with an essay on science fiction reflections of social issues; if novelists feel compelled to write the stories they tell, I guess I’ve always felt compelled to write critical analysis of the media I love. I did my BA in English literature, finishing with a senior thesis called, Beyond the Pale: An Analysis of Pride in Frankenstein, Doctor Faust, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, that seems to have solidified my love of the title colon. Then, after a second year in Japan (the first was when I was in college) and lacking direction, I did an MA in Japanese Literature, where my thesis was entitled Akutagawa Ryûnosuke: Lectures on Poe and Their Applications. After another five-year stretch in Japan and a year working for a Japanese daily newspaper in Washington DC, I went BACK to grad school and did an MA and, ultimately, PhD in Communication and Culture. My thesis, Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars: Japanese Women, Hong Kong Film, and Transcultural Fandom, had an unnecessarily long title, but I had to get it all in there. I’m currently wrangling the dissertation into a book (with a different title).

I’ve written on both online and analog fandoms in the books Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular CultureThe Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies, The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, and Transatlantic Television Drama. I’ve also published in Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, Transformative Works and Cultures, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, Asian Cinema, and the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture.

My upcoming publications include a chapter on the television series Hannibal as transformative work, as well as an article on transcultural Yuri!!! on Ice fandom for Mechademia: Second Arc.

In addition to writing and researching, I offer consultation services for graduate students seeking help with journal publication and/or conference proposals and presentations, both individually and in groups. Please see the Graduate Student Services page for more information.