Kimberley McMahon-Coleman is a former secondary English teacher who teaches in Learning Development at the University of Wollongong.

She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Charles Sturt University and a doctorate from the University of Wollongong. Her doctoral thesis examines shamanism and Indigenous diaspora in the work of Alootook Ipellie and Sam Watson. She is a past editor of the newsletter of the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ). Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Australasian-Canadian Studies and Kunapipi. She has also submitted chapters for R.K Dhawan and Stewart Gill’s book, Canadian Studies Today: Responses from the Asia Pacific, Gareth Shott and Kirstine Moffat’s Fanpires, Audience Consumption of the Modern, and Carlen Lavigne’s Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle.

She has  presented on contemporary televisual Gothic narratives such as True Blood and The Vampire Diaries at the PCA/ACA conference in Texas,  PopCAANZ conferences in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane, Eaton Science Fiction conference in California, and GANZA in Auckland. Full profile here.

Roslyn Weaver is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney.

Roslyn graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2008 with a PhD in English Literature. Her PhD was on apocalypse and Australian literature, and her research has been published in Apocalypse in Australian Fictions and Films: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2011). Her other publications include research on popular culture, children’s literature, Australian literature, television and film, and also educational research around popular culture and professional identity in university students. She has taught at university and presented her research at local and international conferences, and has supervised PhD and Honours students. Full profile here.

Kimberley & Roslyn met as doctoral students in the English Literature program at the University of Wollongong. Their book Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture: A Thematic Analysis of Recent Texts focuses on the figure of the shapeshifter in literature and popular culture, and how it is used as a metaphor for difference. Follow us on Twitter: @KMcMahonColeman and @roslynweaver.

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