Mel Stanfill is Assistant Professor of Texts and Technology and Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. The focus of his research is on digital labor, media industry studies, interfaces, fan studies, queer theory, as well as race and gender studies, and in particular how the relationship between the media industry and the public in the Internet age is shaped by intellectual property, consumerism, heteronormativity, and being white. Texts from Mel Stanfill have been published in, amongst others, New Media and Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and the Cinema Journal, as well as in various anthologies. 2019 saw the publication of the book Exploiting Fandom. How the Media Industry Seeks to Manipulate Fans.