Academic C.V.

Education

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ph.D., Communication and Culture (minor in East Asian Studies), May 2012
Dissertation: Adapting Anime: Transnational Media between Japan and the United States
Director: Barbara Klinger

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
M.A., Asian Cultures and Languages, May 2002
Thesis: A Cyborg Mephisto: Mythology in the Science Fiction Films of Oshii Mamoru
Director: Susan J. Napier

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.A., Philosophy, minor in Religious Studies, with distinction, December 1999

 

Teaching experience

Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
Associate Instructor – planned lessons, taught classes, facilitated discussion, graded student work

  • CMCL 202: “Media in the Global Context” (Spring 2006)
    • Developed syllabus, class structure, and grading procedures
  • CMCL 290: “Hollywood I” (Fall 2005)
  • CMCL 190: “Introduction to Media” (Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2007)
    • In 2007, reworked syllabus for summer instruction, including modified readings and screenings
  • CMCL 121: “Public Speaking” (Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Summer 2004, Fall 2006, Spring 2007)

Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Assistant – supported student instruction, graded student work

  • ANS 302: “Introduction to Japan” (Spring 2002)
  • ANS 372: “The World of Japanese Animation” (Fall 2001)

Department of Computer Science, Purdue University
Teaching Assistant – supported student instruction, graded student work

  • CS 190W: “Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web” (Spring 1997 – Fall 1999, excluding Fall 1998)

 

Research Interests

Media globalization; film and television history; Japanese cinema, animation, television, comics, and video games; East Asian cinema and television; transnational fandom

 

Publications

Books / Monographs

Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii. (2004; 2nd ed. 2014) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Kickstart My Kick-Heart: A Case Study of International Crowdfunding in Anime.” New Media & Society (accepted for publication).

“The Horror of the Database in When They Cry (Higurashi no naku koro ni).” Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media (accepted for publication).

“Conceptualizing Anime and the Database Fantasyscape.” Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts 9 (forthcoming 2014).

“Producing Transnational Cult Media: Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell in Circulation.” (2013) Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media 5 http://intensitiescultmedia.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/producing-transnational-cult-media-neon-genesis-evangelion-and-ghost-in-the-shell-in-circulation-brian-ruh.pdf.

“Transforming U.S. Anime in the 1980s: Localization and Longevity.” (2010) Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts 5.

 

Book Chapters and Other Articles

“Early Japanese Animation in the US: Changing Tetsuwan Atomu to Astro Boy.” (2009) In The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Spirited Away. Ed. Mark I. West. Scarecrow Press.

Perfect Blue.” (2009) In Satoshi Kon: Il Cinema Attrauerso lo Specchio. Eds. Enrico Azzano, Andrea Fontana, and Davide Taro. Piombino, Italy: Edizioni Il Foglio. (Published in Italian translation.)

Last Life in the Universe: Nationality, Technology, Authorship.” (2008) In East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film. Eds. Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-Fai. I.B. Tauris.

“The Robots from Takkun’s Head: Cyborg Adolescence in FLCL.” (2006) In Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation. Ed. Steven T. Brown. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

“Creating ‘Amateur’ Manga in the US: Pedagogy, Professionalism, and Authenticity.” (2005) International Journal of Comic Art 7 (2).

“Amerika-kara mita Oshii Mamoru.” (2004) In Oshii Mamoru-ron: Memento Mori. Tokyo: Nippon Television. (Published in Japanese translation).

 

Reviews

“Mamoru Oshii” (forthcoming 2014) In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3. Ed. John Berra. Bristol, UK: Intellect.

“Ghost in the Shell” and “The Sky Crawlers” (forthcoming 2014) In Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation by Giannalberto Bendazzi. London: John Libbey.

Entries on Funky Forest: The First Contact, The Little Norse Prince, Love Exposure, My Neighbour Totoro, Only Yesterday, and Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl. (2012) In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2. Ed. John Berra. Bristol, UK: Intellect.

“Volition in the Face of Absurdity” (2011) Review of The Sky Crawlers (dir. Oshii Mamoru). Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts 6.

Review of Vexille (dir. SORI). (2010) Science Fiction Film and Television 3 (1).

Chapter introduction on “Anime / Animation” and entries on Avalon, Ghost in the Shell / Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, Love & Pop, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Steamboy, The Taste of Tea, and The Twilight Samurai. (2010) In Directory of World Cinema: Japan. Ed. John Berra. Bristol, UK: Intellect.

“Brain-Diving Batou.” (2007) Review of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence: After the Long Goodbye by Yamada Masaki. Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts 2.

Review of The Cinema of Gosho Heinosuke: Laughter through Tears by Arthur Nolletti, Jr. (2007) Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies 7. http://www.scope.nottingham.ac.uk/bookreview.php?issue=7&id=200

“Historicizing Anime and Manga: From Japan to the World.” (2006) Review of Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics by Paul Gravett and Watching Anime, Reading Manga: Twenty-five Years of Essays and Reviews by Fred Patten. Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts 1.

 

Conference Papers

“Documenting the Anime City: Auteurism and the Anime-ic Documentary in Oshii Mamoru’s Tokyo Scanner and Tokyo Vein.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Philadelphia, PA. March 6-9, 2008.

“America’s Anime, Japan’s Anime: Identifying Japanese Animation in Global Circulation.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. March 8-11, 2007. Chicago, IL. March, 2007.

“Complicating Transnational Asian Cinema: Nationality, Technology, and Authorship in Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life in the Universe.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Vancouver, BC. March 2-5, 2006.

“Wandering Locus Solus: An Overview of the Films of Mamoru Oshii.” Presentation on the “Pixar and Beyond: International Animation Today” panel. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Vancouver, BC. March 2-5, 2006.

“FanTech: How Consumer Technologies Fostered and Promoted Anime Fandom.” Society for Literature & Science Annual Meeting. Durham, NC. October 14-17, 2004.

“The Robots from Takkun’s Head: Cyborg Adolescence in FLCL.” Popular Culture Association National Conference. San Antonio, TX. April 7-10, 2004.

“Playing with an International Future: The World of Cowboy Bebop.” Asian Studies Graduate Conference. University of Texas at Austin. October 4-5, 2002.

“Hacking Your Own Ghost: Mythology in the Science Fiction Films of Oshii Mamoru as Sites of Resistance.” Eleventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Columbia University. New York, NY. February 8-9, 2002.

“Mass Media, Gender Roles, and Popular Culture in Japan and the United States.” 53rd Japan-America Student Conference. Berkeley, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Tokyo. July 22-August 23, 2001.

“Forms of the Female in Japanese Cyberpunk Anime.” Eighth Annual Student Gender Studies Conference. University of Texas at Austin. February 15-16, 2001.

 

Invited Presentations

Presentation preceding screening of Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai. Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema. Kitchener, Ontario. November 20, 2009.

Panel discussion following screening of Grave of the Fireflies. Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema. Kitchener, Ontario. November 18, 2008.

“The Never-Ending Evangelion.” Paper and panel discussion following screening of the film The End of Evangelion. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. November 5, 2005.

“The Root of TV Anime: Making Tetsuwan Atom into Astro Boy.” Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2005: Culture and Creation in Manga and Anime. Minneapolis College of Art and Design. September 30-October 2, 2005.

“Using Anime and Manga in the Classroom.” NCTA (National Consortium for Teaching about Asia) Summer Enrichment Event: Arts Across the Curriculum. Bloomington, IN. July 11-13, 2005.

“Toward Reflex Point: The Influence of Mecha Anime from the 1970s and 1980s.” Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2003: Culture and Creation in Manga and Anime. Minneapolis College of Art and Design. September 24-26, 2003.

“An Empty Core: The Early Works of Oshii Mamoru.” Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2002: Culture and Creation in Manga and Anime. Minneapolis College of Art and Design. September 27-29, 2002.

 

Academic Service

Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts, editorial board member, 2003-present; fact-checking editor, 2006-2013.

Reviewed manuscripts for:

  • positions: asia critique
  • Transformative Works and Cultures
  • Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts
  • Palgrave Macmillan.

Board Member, City Lights (film program run by graduate students from the Indiana University Department of Communication and Culture to present classic world cinema in 16mm), 2004-2005.

 

Research Experience

Research Assistant for Greg Waller, Indiana University, Fall 2006 – Spring 2007
Conducted research on visual representations of Japan and Japanese culture in early 20th century American periodicals and publications.

Research Assistant for Ted Striphas, Indiana University, Spring 2005
Conducted research into historical aspects of book publishing through a methodical examination of five years’ worth of the US book industry’s primary trade publication.

Research Assistant for Susan J. Napier, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2002
Conducted independent research as needed on various topics related to Japan and Japanese culture, particularly vis-à-vis the United States.

 

Honors, Achievements, Scholarships, Fellowships

Indiana University East Asian Studies Center Travel Grant (Spring 2008, Spring 2007, and Spring 2004)

Communication and Culture Department Travel Grant (Fall 2004)

Graduate Assistanceship, Indiana University (2003-7)

Mitsubishi Fellowship (to attend the Japan-America Student Conference; summer 2001)

University Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (2000-2)

Asian Studies Departmental Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (2000-1)

Member of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies

 

Professional Associations

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Association for Asian Studies