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DWC Associate Professor Juliette Kitchens wins award

Book of the Year Award is from Whedon Studies Association

CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication Associate Professor of Writing Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D., was awarded the Whedon Studies Association Book of the Year for her edited collection, At Home in the Whedonverse (McFarland, 2017).

Juliette KitchensThe Whedon Studies Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. Focusing on Whedon’s television series, films and comics, Kitchens’ essay collection explores the diversity of home spaces in Whedon's many 'verses, and the complexity these spaces afford the narratives, characters, objects and relationships within them.

There are two awards each year, a “Long” for book-length projects and a “Short” for essay-length projects. This collection won both awards. The short was awarded to an essay in the book by Julie Hawk.

“This award is quite special to me as a scholar and as a fan of various Whedonverses. It’s a reflection of the hard work and dedication to media studies that I share with every contributor in this collection,” Kitchens said.

All publications for the previous year are reviewed and judged by a jury of established scholars who are Whedon Studies Association members.

Whedonverse“Because it’s awarded by the WSA, this is perhaps the most meaningful award this collection could receive. A collection is only as strong as its contributions and I enjoyed working with every scholar who was involved in this project. The WSA is a delightful organization to be a part of and their acknowledgement of our work was quite unexpected,” Kitchens said.

“My heartfelt congratulations goes to Dr. Kitchens. She is most deserving of this excellent recognition of her outstanding scholarship,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Writing and Communication and interim chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies.

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