International Committee

International Committee 2017-08-02T05:28:40+00:00

Frenchy Lunning


Professor of Liberal Arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in Design History and Cultural Studies, she has written two books and is working on a third, Revolutionary Girl: Shōjo. As the director of the academic conference Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, she was also the Editor-in-Chief of Mechademia, a completed 10 volume book series published by the University of Minnesota Press dedicated to Asian popular culture, but primarily on Japanese manga and anime.

Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson


MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
PhD, University of Minnesota. Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson earned a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society. Her dissertation was titled Design for Living: German and Swedish Design in the Early Twentieth Century.

She has a Fil.Lic. in art history from Lunds University in Sweden, where she focused on contemporary art and social consciousness, specifically in the work of Adrian Piper, David Hammons, and Glenn Ligon.

Damon Stanek


Visiting Faculty, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, MPhil, City University of New York Graduate Center. Damon Stanek is an art historian specializing in contemporary art and theory, photography, and cinema studies. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities including Parson’s the New School for Design and CUNY City College.

Jennifer Caruso


Assistant Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.MA, University of Western Ontario. PhD, State University of New York. Jen Caruso earned a PhD in comparative literature with an emphasis on European modernism and critical theory. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and Concordia University. From 2007 to 2011, she taught at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she was assistant professor of English and chair of cultural, media, and gender studies.

Gerald Ronning


Professor and Chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder; MA, New York University; BA, Carleton College. Gerald Ronning earned his PhD in United States History from the University of Colorado-Boulder.Ronning’s scholarship has won prizes from the Center for the American West and the Labor and Working Class History Association, and in 2013, while chair of the History Department at Albright College, he won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.

Samantha Rei Crossland


Crossland began her fashion design career with her label “Blasphemina’s Closet”, one of the first Lolita clothing lines in the US, in 2000. After closing “Blasphemina’s Closet” in September of 2013, she started anew with her new eponymous label “Samantha Rei”. Samantha was named one of 2014 City Pages “Artists of the Year” and 2016 Best of the Twin Cities “Best Fashion Show” and Reader’s Choice “Best Local Fashion Designer.” In 2015 she authored and illustrated a how-to book on subculture fashion design called Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration.

Stevie Suan


Stevie Suan received his M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Manga Studies at Kyoto Seika University, conducting research on anime aesthetics.

Edmund Hoff


Edmund Hoff graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in History. He has been conducting his postgraduate studies at Nagoya University in the department of Graduate Studies in International Development and is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on Japanese Youth Culture.

Yoo Sookyung


Researcher at International Manga Research Center of Kyoto Seika University (KSU), Manga instructor at KSU, Freelance manga artist, Manga translator. Born in South Korea. Has been interested in writing and drawing from her youth and started to draw manga to do them simultaneously. Studied manga and manhwa (Korean) in Korea Animation High School and at Kyoto Seika University (2004-2014). Ph.D in Arts (manga). Main research themes are visual expression of manga and manga for women. Realized the influential power of Japanese manga while staying in France and Canada for studies and is now focusing on manga from international perspectives as well.

Andrea Horbinski


Andrea Horbinski holds a PhD in modern Japanese history with a designated emphasis in new media from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book manuscript, “Manga’s Global Century,” is a history of Japanese comics from 1905-1989. She has discussed anime, manga, fandom, and Japanese history at conventions and conferences on five continents, and her articles have appeared in Transformative Works and Cultures, Convergence, and Mechademia. In addition to serving as webmaster, she is the submissions editor for Mechademia: Second Arc.

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