Jennifer Gillan

Teaching Interests

Media Industries
Critical Television Studies & Audience Studies
Hollywood Film & Trailers
American Literary and Cultural Studies
Gender Studies
Ethnicity & Diversity
Native American Studies

Research Interests

Television & New Media
Film and Media Studies; Spectatorship and Fan Studies; American Literary and Cultural Studies;
Gender Studies; Comparative Ethnicity Studies;
Native American Studies

Bio

Professor of English and Media Studies and EMS Coordinator for Creative Industries major, Jennifer Gillan has been a Faculty Fellow with the National Association of Television Production Executives; the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; the International Radio and Television Society Foundation’s Disney Impact Summit; the University of Warwick’s Institute for Advanced Study, “Paratextual Memory” Thought Leadership Network; the Freie Universität Berlin’s Collaborative Research Centre; the UCLA Film and Television Archive; and Bentley’s Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences. With Maria Mazziotti Gillan, she coedited four award-winning multicultural literature collections: Penguin Books’ Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America, and Rutgers’ Italian American Writers on New Jersey. Her forthcoming scholarly monograph is Disney+ Reassembled: Lessons Learned from Netflix, Marvel, and Pixar Branding. It is a sequel to Television Brandcasting, her book focused on content and promotion at Disney ABC Television of the 1950s and 2010s. She is also author of Television and New Media: Must-Click TV, an often-cited television studies monograph on the rise of web tie-ins with broadcast TV in the 1990s-2000s. She is working on a book on television set design and fashion, which builds on her article on Pinterest and Textural Poaching Twin Peaks, which appeared in Series: The International Journal of Serial Narratives. Her other articles were published in Cinema Journal, American Literature, American Drama, African American Review, Arizona Quarterly, Mosaic, Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law, Duke Journal of Gender, Law, and Policy, Louisiana Literature, Journal of American History, and North Dakota Quarterly, among others. She has book chapters in The Franchise Era, Understanding Reality TV, Great American Makeover, Reading Makeover Television, Teen Television, Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Analyzing Mad Men, among others. She was keynote speaker at Dast Ist Fern Sehen! (That’s Television!) Conference co-sponsored by University of Regensburg (Germany) and Utrecht University (Netherlands) and has given papers at many international conferences. She has been a frequent presenter at her main professional organization, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, mostly recently in 2023. In 2022, she created multimedia presentations for the virtual conferences of International Screen Studies Association (Edinburgh) and The Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aoteaora New Zealand.

Professional Memberships

  • ASA, American Studies Association Present
  • MELUS, Society/Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of US Present
  • MLA, Modern Language Association Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society Present
  • SCMS, The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Present
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative 2018 - Present
  • National Association of TV Production Executives-- Faculty 2018 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2019, NATPE Faculty Fellowship 2018-19, National Association of Television Production Executives
  • 2018, NATPE Faculty Fellow 2018-2019, National Association of Television Production Executives
  • 2016, International Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Warwick
  • 2015, Recommended Title, Television Brandcasting, Choice
  • 2015, Outsanding Scholarly Achievement, Bentley University
  • 2011, Excellence in Scholarship Award, Bentley University
  • 2010, Faculty Seminar Fellow, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
  • 2009, Faculty Fellow for 2008-9, Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences
  • 2009, Bentley Publication Awards, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Bentley University
  • 2009, Faculty Fellow, Disney Impact Summit , Walt Disney Company
  • 2004, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award for Italian American Writers on New Jersey
  • 2003, Commendation/Subvention, National Italian American Heritage Inst. for Italian American Writers on NJ (Rutgers 2003)
  • 2000, New York Public Library's Year 2000 Books, Awarded to Identity Lessons
  • 1999, American Library Association, Outstanding Book Selection, awarded to Unsettling America
  • 1999, Booklist, 1999 Outstanding Books Award for Growing Up Ethnic in America
  • 1997, Rauch Grant, for Creation of American Frontier Fictions Course with visual component
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Gillan, J. L. (2023). Textural Poaching the Disney+ Streaming Library. Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, (8) 2 Fall 2023.
  • Gillan, J. (2016). Textural Poaching Twin Peaks: The Audrey Horne Sweater Girl GIFs. Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives, (2) 2 9-24.
  • Gillan, J. L. (2010). Double Heart. Paterson Literary Review, (38)
  • Gillan, J. L., Ponte, L. (2007). Gender Performance Over Job Performance: Body Art Work Rules and the Continuing Subordination of the Feminine. Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy.
  • Ponte, L., Gillan, J. L. (2005). From Our Family to Yours: Rethinking the 'Beneficial Family' and Marriage-centric Corporate Benefit Programs. Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law, A Columbia Law Review. 1-85.
  • Gillan, J. L. (2005). Exit Strategy. Louisiana Literature, (22) 2
  • Gillan, J. L. (2002). Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye. African American Review, (36) 2
  • Gillan, J. L. (2002). Plotting Political Personhood: Literary Self-making and Contract-breaking. MOSAIC, (35) 3
  • Gillan, J. L. (2001). 'No one knows you're black!' Schepisi's Six Degrees of Separation and the Buddy Formula. Cinema Journal, (40) 3
  • Gillan, J. L. (2000). Restoring the Flow: Comic Circulation in Gerald Vizenor's Fiction. North Dakota Quarterly, (64) 3-4
  • Gillan, J. L. (2000). Staging a Staged Crisis in Masculinity: Race and Manhood in Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. American Drama, (9) 2
  • Rossiter, C., Mazziotti Gillan, M., Gillan, J. L. (1999). A Guide to Contemporary Multicultural North American Poetry for Poetry Therapy. Journal of Poetry Therapy, (13) 2
  • Gillan, J. L. (1998). The Hazards of Osage Fortunes: Gender and the Rhetoric of Compensation in Federal Policy and American Indian Fiction. Arizona Quarterly, (54) 3
  • Gillan, J. L. (1996). Reservation Home-Movies: Sherman Alexie's Poetry. American Literature, (68) 1

    Books


  • Gillan, J. L. (2023). Disney+ Reassembled: Lessons Learned from Netflix, Marvel, and Pixar Branding (now forthcoming late '24). 308. London and New York: Routledge Forthcoming.
  • Gillan, J. L. (2015). Television Brandcasting. 276. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Gillan, J. L. (2010). Television and New Media: Must-Click TV. 310. New York and London: Routledge
  • Gillan, J. L., Mazziotti Gillan, M., Giunta, E. (2003). Italian American Writers on New Jersey. 300. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press
  • Gillan, J. L., Mazziotti Gillan, M. (1999). Growing Up Ethnic in America. 400. New York: Penguin Books
  • Gillan, J. L., Mazziotti Gillan, M. (1999). Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning To Be An American. 400. New York: Penguin Books
  • Gillan, J. L., Mazziotti Gillan, M. (1994). Unsettling America: A Multicultural Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. 406. New York: Viking Penguin Books

  • Book Chapters


  • Gillan, J. L. (2019). TV Brand-casting, SVOD, and OTT at Comcast and Disney In James Fleury, Stephen Mamber, and Bryan Hartzheim, (Eds.) Franchise Era: Managing Media in the Digital Economy . 181-208. 10,000 words. New York and Edinburgh: Oxford University Press/ Edinburgh (Link)
  • Gillan, J. L. (2013). Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye In , (Eds.) Contemporary Literary Criticism. Forthcoming.
  • Gillan, J. L. (2011). Reservation Home Movies: Sherman Alexie's Poetry In Leon Lewis, (Eds.) Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press/EBSCO
  • Gillan, J. L. (2011). Kodak, Jack, and Coke: Advertising and Mad-vertising on Mad Men In Stoddart, Scott, (Eds.) Analyzing Mad Men:Critical Essays on the Television Series. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland
  • Gillan, J. L. (2010). Navigating North Jersey by CPS (Class Positioning System) In M. L. Liebler, (Eds.) Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams. 455-461. Mineeapolis, MN: Coffee House Press
  • Gillan, J. L. (2008). Fashion Sleuths & Aerie Girls: Veronica Mars' Fan Forums and Network Strategies of Fan Address In Ross, Sharon and Stein, Louisa(eds), (Eds.) Teen Television: Essays on Programming and Fandom. 185-206. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland
  • Gillan, J. L. (2008). Focusing in the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye In Harold Bloom, (Eds.) Contemporary Literary Criticism. Reference Library Collection & Online: Gale Group
  • Gillan, J. L. (2008). On the Job 24/7: The Writers' Blogs and Message Boards @abc.com In Robson, Hillary and Burkhead, Cynthia, (Eds.) Grace Under Pressure: Grey's Anatomy Uncovered. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Gillan, J. L. (2007). Dressing Down: The Chaotic Camcorder Makeover of a Pop Star and a Popular Genre In , (Eds.) Makeover Television: Realities Remodeled. 79-94. London: I.B. Tauris
  • Gillan, J. L. (2007). Focusing on the Wrong Front: Historical Displacement, the Maginot Line, and The Bluest Eye In Bloom, Harold, (Eds.) Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. New York: Chelsea House Press
  • Gillan, J. L. (2007). Spotlight: Two Daughters, One Voice In Dougherty, Sean Thomas, (Eds.) Italian American Writers Series. Toronto: Guernica
  • Gillan, J. L. (2006). Extreme Makeover: Homeland Security Edition In Heller, Dana, (Eds.) The Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation. 193-209. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Gillan, J. L. (2004). From Ozzie Nelson to Ozzy Osbourne: The Genesis and Development of the Reality (Star) Sitcom In Holmes, Su and Jermyn, Deborah, (Eds.) Understanding Reality Television. 54-70. London: Routledge
  • Gillan, J. L. (2003). Third Generation Hawthorne: A Memoir In Gillan, Jennifer, Gillan, Maria Mazziotti, Giunta, Edvige, (Eds.) Italian American Writers on New Jersey. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press
  • Gillan, J. L. (2002). Sherman Alexie's Poetry: Reservation Home-Movies In , (Eds.) . New York: Gale Group
  • Gillan, J. L. (2002). Staging a Staged Crisis in Masculinity: Race and Manhood in Guare's Six Degrees of Separation In , (Eds.) The Best of American Drama. Cincinnati:
  • Gillan, J. L. (1999). Introduction: Growing Up Ethnic in America In Gillan, Jennifer, Mazziotti Gillan, Maria , (Eds.) Growing Up Ethnic in America. New York: Penguin
  • Gillan, J. L. (1999). Introduction: Identity Lessons In Gillan, Jennifer, Mazziotti Gillan, Maria , (Eds.) Identity Lessons. New York: Penguin
  • Gillan, J. L. (1996). Relocating Home and Identity in Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name In Wiley, Catherine, Barnes, Fiona, (Eds.) Home-making: The Poetics and Politics of Home. New York: Garland

  • Book Reviews


  • Gillan, J. (2015). [Review of the book Review of Savage Preservation: The Ethnographic Origins of Modern Media Technologies ]. MELUS, (40) 3
  • Gillan, J. L. (2013). [Review of the book Review Essay on Transmedia Television ]. Cinema Journal, (52) 4
  • Gillan, J. L. (2001). [Review of the book Review Essay on Night Bloom: A Memoir ]. MELUS: Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, (26) 2

  • Conference Papers


  • Gillan, J. L. (2010). The State of U.S. Network TelevisionUniversity of Texas, Austin's Dept. of Radio and Television, FLOW-TV Conference.

  • Presentations

  • Gillan, J. L. (2024). “Streaming’s Poker Face: Navigating Content Hubs and Removals” Presented at the SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies Boston, MA, Accepted
  • Gillan, J. L. (2023). “Set Design as Involuntary Memory Cue: Pushing Daisies, WandaVision, and 1970s Sitcoms” Presented at theDesigns on Television: Production Design and Television Aesthetics University of Brighton (UK), Accepted
  • Gillan, J. L. (2023). “Television Cities of New York Since the 1970s: Tourists, Title Designs, and Locations” Presented at the Kings College London Locating Media Industries: Cities, Spaces, Places London (UK) Accepted
  • Gillan, J. L. (2023). “Embrace the Pandemic: Gendered Extras Work at Pixar for Disney+” Presented at the SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies Denver
  • Gillan, J. L. (2023). “Embrace the Pandemic: DEI at Pixar” Presented at the Bentley Bentley Research Council Poster Session Waltham MA
  • Gillan, J. L. (2022). “Affective Materiality in Pandemic Production for Pixar and Marvel” Presented at the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aoteaora New Zealand (SSAAANZ) The Materials of Screen Media Massey University, New Zealand, Virtual Conference
  • Gillan, J. L. (2022). “Metonymic Movement and Affective Sets: Female Blocking in GIFs from MTM to Shondaland to WandaVision” Presented at the Screen Studies Association Screen Studies Annual Conference Glasgow, Scotland, Virtual Conference
  • Gillan, J. L. (2021). “National Broadcasting Meets Parent Company Circulation and Streaming Content Libraries” Presented at the University of Bologna Media Mutations 12: Broadcasting Reloaded Bologna Italy/ Zoom
  • Gillan, J. L. (2021). “Stride/ Strides: Televising Women’s Movement(s) from Mary Tyler Moore & Ms. Romano to Jane Fonda & Viola Davis” Presented at the SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting Zoom
  • Gillan, J. L. (2020). “Hollywood Industry Labor ” Presented at the Alumni Events Organizing Committee Falcon Weekend Bentley-Virtual
  • Gillan, J. L. (2020). “National Broadcasting Meets Parent Company Circulation and Streaming Content Libraries” Presented at the University of Bologna Media Mutations 12: Broadcasting Reloaded Bologna, Italy
  • Gillan, J. L. (2020). “Stride/Strides: Televising Women’s Movement(s) from Mary Tyler Moore and Ms. Romano to Jane Fonda and Viola Davis ” Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2020 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
  • Gillan, J. L. (2019). “Westworld & Fargo: Cable TV Re-Presents the Sioux Point of View” Presented at the LIT/Film Association Reboot, Repurpose, Recycle: LIT/Film Annual Conference Portland, Oregon
  • Gillan, J. L. (2019). “Television’s Textural Poaching: Image Mining and Aggregating Affect” Presented at the English & Media Studies Department Inaugural Barbara Paul-Emile Lecture Bentley University
  • Gillan, J. L. (2019). “Wakanda (Content) Forever! Television and Franchising at Disney-ABC, Comcast-NBCUniversal, and Netflix” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Seattle, WA
  • Gillan, J. L. (2018). “Cura-tainment and the Contradictions of Decontextualized Contextualization” Presented at the University of Bologna Media Mutations Bologna, Italy
  • Gillan, J. L. (2018). “My So-Called Voice: Direct Address and Indirect Critiques ” Presented at the McGill University International Conference on Narrative Montreal, Canada
  • Gillan, J. L. (2018). “Gendered & Generational Work: Lead Writer, Actor, and Brandcaster in Neoliberal Hollywood ” Presented at the SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies Toronto, Canada
  • Gillan, J. L. (2017). “Has Fandom Ever Really 'Gone Mainstream': Revisiting the Fan Viewer Binary ” Presented at the University of Huddersfield Fan Studies Network Conference Huddersfield, UK
  • Gillan, J. L. (2017). “Blu-ray Extras as Production Memoir” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Chicago, IL
  • Gillan, J. L. (2016). “Working on Prestige TV: Cable Television's Postracial and Postfeminist Brandcasters” Presented at the East Carolina University Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, & Feminism Greenville, NC
  • Gillan, J. L. (2016). “Misremembering TV: Paratextural Recall from DVD to GIFs” Presented at the University of Warwick, Institute for Advanced Study Paratextual Media and Memory Centre for Television, History, and Memory Research, Warwick, UK
  • Gillan, J. L. (2016). “Must-Click TV Today” Presented at the Univeristy of Warwick International Fellow Public Lecture Coventry, UK
  • Gillan, J. L. (2016). “Television Brandcasting” Presented at the University of Warwick International Fellow Public Lecture Warwick, UK
  • Gillan, J. L. (2016). “Disney and American Culture” Presented at the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Biennial Convention Orlando, FL
  • Gillan, J. L. (2015). “From Sony to Shout! Factory: Distributing Classic TV on DVD ” Presented at the University of Worcester (UK) Home Media Renaissance: Distributors, Discs, & Disciples Worcester, UK
  • Gillan, J. L. (2015). “Creative Differences: Set Design, Creative Control, & Exhibition in David Lynch and Bryan Fuller ” Presented at the University of Salford (UK) The State of Serial TV Conference: TwinPeaks @25 BBC's Media City, UK.
  • Gillan, J. L. (2014). “Multitasking Paratexts: The Emergence of New Industry Sectors & Hybrid Forms” Presented at theSociety for Cinema & Media Studies Seattle, WA
  • Gillan, J. L. (2013). “Sustainable Television” Presented at the Free University, Berlin Collaborative Research Centre Berlin, Germany
  • Gillan, J. L. (2013). “Following Television” Presented at the University of Regensburg and Utrecht University Das Ist Fersehen! This Is Television! Regensburg, Germany
  • Gillan, J. L. (2013). “Short-form and Short-term Brandcasting: 1950s and Now” Presented at the University of Bologna Media Mutations; Ephemeral Media Bologna, Italy
  • Gillan, J. L. (2013). “Must-Click TV” Presented at the Collaborative Research Centre, Free University, Berlin Seminar Berlin, Germany
  • Gillan, J. L. (2012). “Television's Friend Economy: The Value of Social Interactivity at Disney-ABC Television” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Boston, MA
  • Gillan, J. L. (2011). “"Sync in Progress: Disney/ABC Transmedia Marketing and Audience Address""” Presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MiT7: Media in Transition 7: Unstable Platforms Cambridge, Ma
  • Gillan, J. L. (2011). “Protect This Mouse! Company Voice Advertising on Disney and NBC” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies New Orleans
  • Gillan, J. L. (2010). “The State of U.S. Network Television” Presented at the University of Texas, Austin's Dept. of Radio and Television FLOW-TV Conference Austin, Texas
  • Gillan, J. L. (2010). “The Global Circulation of U.S. Television: Flow Meets Global Flows” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Los Angeles, CA
  • Gillan, J. L. (2009). “Representing NBC's Television City: Media Conglomeration Meets Art Deco New York” Presented at theEuropean Television Studies Television Cities University College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Gillan, J. L. (2008). “Flow 2.0 Roundtable Panelist” Presented at theFlow 2.0 Austin, TX
  • Gillan, J. L. (2008). “The TV Franchise in the Website Windows: The Architecture of Network TV Programming in the Media Conglomerate Era” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Philadelphia, PA
  • Gillan, J. L. (2008). “Must-Click TV: New Media Practices, Metrics, and Intermedial Strategies of US Networks” Presented at theTelevision Without Borders: Global TV Conference Reading, UK
  • Gillan, J. L. (2007). “Hybrid TV: Overflow from Netlets to Networks” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Chicago
  • Gillan, J. L., Miller, T., Spigel, L., Becker, R. (2006). “"The Great American Makeover" Panel” Presented at theAmerican Studies Association Oakland, CA
  • Gillan, J. L., Ponte, L. (2006). “Gender Performance Over Job Performance?” Presented at theDuke University Law School, Makeup Identity Performance and Discrimmination Symposium Duke University Law School
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2006). “Featured Reader and Presenter--Creative Non-Fiction Writer and Anthology Editor”
  • Gillan, J. L. (2006). “Support Our Troops, Docusoap Style” Presented at theFilm & History League Conference Dallas, TX
  • Gillan, J. L. (2006). “National Trauma and Recovery in Extreme Makeover Home Edition” Presented at theLiterature & Film Conference Tallahassee, FL
  • Gillan, J. L. (2006). “Still Living in Sitcom Nation? Literary & Cultural Representations of Television Flow” Presented at theMELUS: Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Boca Raton, FL
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2003). “Interview on WPAT-New York (on all 3 anthologies: Growing Up Ethnic in America, Identity Lessons, and Unsettling America)”
  • Gillan, J. L. (2003). “From Ozzie to Ozzy: The Development of the Reality (Star) Sitcom” Presented at theSociety for Cinema and Media Studies Minneapolis
  • Gillan, J. L. (2003). “The Filipino Rita Hayworth: Imported and Indigenous Homeplaces” Presented at theThe Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US Boca Raton, Florida
  • Gillan, J. L. (2002). “The Sopranos in Pleasantville: Responses to TVLand's Nostalgic Family Marathons” Presented at theSociety for Cinema Studies Annual Conference Denver
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2002). “Keynote Address: Exploring Ethnic Diversity Through Literature” Presented at theUniversity of Pittsburgh/ Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Studies Center Conference University of Pittsburgh
  • Gillan, J. L. (2001). “Reading & Resistance in American Literature (Teaching Multi Ethnic Literatures Panel)” Presented at theModern Language Association New Orleans
  • Gillan, J. L. (2001). “Do the Andersons Know Best? Are the Hollisters So Happy? The Ideal Family and the Ethnic American Reader” Presented at theNortheast Popular Culture Association New Haven
  • Gillan, J. L. (2001). “All That The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit Allows: Spectatorship and the Unsuitable American in 50s Film” Presented at theSociety for Cinema Studies Annual Conference Washington DC
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2000). “Featured Guest, Jersey's Talkin' with host Lee Leonard on TV-12, New Jersey. An interview about Growing Up Ethnic in America and Identity Lessons”
  • Gillan, J. L. (2000). “Identity as Desire (Casa Italiana Writer's Rountable, Maria Laurino's Were You Always an Italian)”
  • Gillan, J. L. (2000). “White City, Cultural Mask: Monolithic Fairs and Multifaceted Identification in Maso's Ghost Dance” Presented at theThe Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States New Orleans
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (2000). “Voice of America radio interview about Growing Up Ethnic in America and Identity Lessons”
  • Gillan, J. L. (1999). “Broad Shouldered Blueprints for Cooperative Cities: Wright's and Gilman's Utopias” Presented at theA Millennium of Utopias Conference University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (1999). “Identity Lessons: Reinventing the Multicultural Anthology (Invited Author Presentation)” Presented at theNCTE, National Council of Teachers of English Denver
  • Gillan, J. L. (1999). “If we forgive our fathers what is left? Traumas of Citizenship and Spectatorship in Alexie and Morrison” Presented at theSociety for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Nashville
  • Gillan, J. L. (1997). “Border Perceptions: Reading U.S. Intervention in Roosevelt and Hagedorn” Presented at theSociety for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Social Imagery University of Southern Colorado
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (1994). “Discussion on Inside New Jersey, PBS, about Unsettling America and American Culture”
  • Gillan, J. L., Gillan, M. M. (1994). “Interview on State of the Arts, PBS-13, about Unsettling America and Contemporary American Poetry”
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Chair for Creative Industries Hiring Committee Chair 2023 - Present
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Mentor for Tenure-Track Faculty Member 2022 - Present
  • Committee Chair for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee Chair 2017 - Present
  • Course Coordinator for Eval Committee Class Visit Manager 2017 - Present
  • Creative Industries Major Coordinator 2014 - Present
  • Committee Chair for Creative Industries Hiring Committee - 2024
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Primary Advisor and Class Visitor, Tenure-Tack Faculty Member 2023 - 2024
  • Class Visitor Junior Faculty Member - 2023
  • Course Coordinator for P&T Chair and Promotion Case Manager 2023 - 2023
  • Primary Advisor and Class Visitor, Second Tenure-Track Faculty Member 2022 - 2023
  • Committee Chair for Evaluation Committee, English & Media Studies 2022 - 2022
  • Course Coordinator for EMS Majors Open House 2022 - 2022
  • Other for EMS Peer Evaluation 2022 - 2022
  • Committee Chair for P&T Committee English & Media Studies 2021 - 2022
  • Primary Mentor, 2nd Tenure-Track Faculty Member/Tenure Case 2021 - 2022
  • Primary Mentor, Tenure-Track Faculty Member/Tenure Case 2021 - 2022
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Primary Advisor and Class Visitor, Tenure-Track Faculty for Peer Evaluation Committee - 2021
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Committee + Course Renumbering Taskforce - 2021
  • Committee Chair for Peer Evaluation Committee Chair 2021 - 2021
  • Coordinator of Class Visits and Evaluation Schedule for Tenure-Track and Lecturers 2013 - 2021
  • Class Visitor and Advisor Fall 2021 (Tenure-Track) for Class Visitor, Tenure-Track Faculty for Peer Evaluation Committee 2021 - 2021
  • Committee Member for African American Cultural Studies Hiring Committee 2021 - 2021
  • Promotion Committee Chair for Promotion Committee Chair 2021 - 2021
  • Other for Primary Advisor Class visitor, Lecturer, Peer Evaluation Committee 2021 - 2021
  • Class Visitor for Class Visitor, lecturer, for Peer Evaluation Committee - 2021
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Peer Evaluation Committee-Second Principal Advisor 2020 - 2020
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Peer Evaluation Committee Principal Advisor 2020 - 2020
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Peer Evaluation Committee-Second Principal Advisor 2020 - 2020
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Primary Advisor, Tenure-Track faculty, Peer Evaluation Committee 2020 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Committee 2017 - 2020
  • Committee Chair for Coordinator of EMS Peer Evaluation Assignments and Class Visits 2017 - 2020
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Peer Evaluation Committee Mentor 2019 - 2020
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Peer Evaluation Committee 2019 - 2019
  • Committee Chair for Assurance of Learning , CR major Fall 2019 - 2019
  • Coordinator of Class Visits for EMS 2017 - 2019
  • Major Coordinator for Creative Industries Major Coordinator 2017 - 2019
  • Principal Advisor to Promotion Candidate for Manager for 2019 EMS Promotion Applicant 2019 - 2019
  • Manager of External Letters Portion of EMS Tenure Candidate's Application 2019 - 2019
  • Annual Evauluator/Mentor for faculty member preparing for tenure application 2019 2018 - 2019
  • Committee Chair for Assurance of Learning Committee CR Major Spring 2019 - 2019
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Primary Evaluator Tenure Track Faculty Member 2018 - 2018
  • Mentor (Faculty) for English & Media Studies Peer Evaluator 2018 - 2018
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for Primary Evaluator Tenure Track Faculty Member 2018 - 2018
  • Department Coordinator for a Major for EMS Coordinator for Creative Industries (CR) Major 2017 - 2018
  • English & Media Studies Curriculum / ALI Assessment Committee 2017 - 2018
  • Tenured Faculty Peer Evaluator, Special Projects 2018 - 2018
  • Committee Chair for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2017 - 2018
  • Faculty Attendee for English & Media Studies Department Retreat - 2017
  • Committee Member for MC Committee 2014 - 2016
  • Coordinator of Lecturers Evaluation Procedures for EMS Peer Evalution Committee, Coordinator for Class Visits-Lecturers 2014 - 2016
  • Course Coordinator for English & Media Studies Coordinator for Creative Industries (CR) major 2014 - 2016
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2015 - 2016
  • Only member for EMS Coordinator, EQUIS Material Collection 2015 - 2016
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Eval Committee 2015 - 2015
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Eval Committee 2015 - 2015
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2015 - 2015
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2015 - 2015
  • Committee Member for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2001 - 2015
  • EMS Peer Eval Committee, Class Visitor (1 Tenure Track Faculty) 2015 - 2015
  • Class Visitor for Lecturer for EMS Peer Eval Committee, Lecturer Class Visitor 2015 - 2015
  • only member for EMS CR Major Oversight 2015 - 2015
  • Other for EMS, ALI Review Coordinator, MC Major 2014 - 2015
  • Committee Member for EMS Grants Subcommitee 2014 - 2015
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Commitee Class Visitor/ 2014 - 2014
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Eval Committee 2014 - 2014
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evalution Committee Class Visitor/ 2014 - 2014
  • Tenure and Promotion Letter Drafting for EMS Peer Review Committee- Tenure & Promotion Cases 2014 - 2014
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee-Class Visitor 2014 - 2014
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peeer Review Class Visitor/ - 2014
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evalution Commitee, Principal Advisor 2013 - 2014
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee-Class Visitor 2013 - 2013
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2013 - 2013
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Principal Evaluator for Tenure-Track Faculty Member 2013 - 2013
  • Committee Chair for EMS, ALI Review Coordinator, MC Major 2013 - 2013
  • Committee Member for Media and Culture Committee, Member 2012 - 2013
  • Committee Member for EMS Peer Evaluation Comittee 2012 - 2013
  • Department Major Representative for Open House 2013 - 2013
  • Mentor (Faculty) for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee-Class Visitor 2013 - 2013
  • Class Visitor, Tenure Track faculty member for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee - 2013
  • EMS Principal Evaluator for Tenure-Track Faculty Member 2012 - 2012
  • Committee Chair for EMS ALI Review Coordination (with W. Davi) 2010 - 2012
  • EMS Open House, Representative 2012 - 2012
  • Bentley Open House, MC Major Representative 2012 - 2012
  • Recommendation Letter, Sabbatical Application for EMS Department, Peer Evaluator 2012 - 2012
  • Committee Chair for Media & Culture Major Committee Chair 2006 - 2012
  • EMS Open House, Media Labs 2012 - 2012
  • Principal Advisor to Tenure-Track Faculty for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2011 - 2011
  • Committee Chair for Search Committee (with W. Davi) 2010 - 2011
  • Committee Member for EMS Peer Evaluation Committee 2002 - 2011
  • Committee Chair for EQUIS Review Co-coordinator (with W. Davi) 2010 - 2011
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Open House for Majors and Minors 2023 - Present
  • Committee Member for Open House for Prospective Students 2023 - Present
  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for Alumnus Speaker event co-coordinated with Advancement/Gifts and IDCC/XD - 2023
  • Department Representative, Student-Focused Activity for Academic Exploration Day, Undergraduate Academic Programs Fair 2022 - 2022
  • Committee Member for Undergraduate Curriculum Reform, Communication Sequence Design Team 2021 - 2021
  • Student Focused Activity for Majors and Minors Fair 2020 - 2020
  • Special Institutional Assignment for Task Force 4.0 Focus Group 2020 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee 2019 - 2020
  • University Senate for Bentley University Faculty Senate 2018 - 2020
  • Senator assigned to this committee for Board of Trustees Facilities 2018 - 2019
  • EMS Representative; CR Major Coordinator for Majors and Minors Fair, Office of Academic Services 2018 - 2018
  • Faulty Participant for Arts & Sciences Retreat - 2017
  • Special Institutional Assignment for EMS/CR Faculty Representative at EQUIS Team Visit Meeting 2016 - 2016
  • EMS/CR/ MC Representative at Open House for Accepted Students 2016 - 2016
  • Co-chairs and only 2 members for Research Council Subcommittee: Center for Women & Business 2015 - 2016
  • Committee Member for Research Council 2014 - 2016
  • Other for Representative CR Major at EMS Table, Open House for Accepted Students 2015 - 2015
  • co-coordinator with Wiley Davi on the EMS department major assessment for the assurance of learning initiative for Assurance of Learning Initiative - 2014
  • Other for Majors and Minors Fair, CR Representative - 2014
  • Fall Open House, CR Major representative 2014 - 2014
  • One of the EMS representatives, Spring & Fall for Open House - 2013
  • co-coordinator with Wiley Davi on the MC major part of EQUIS review report for EQUIS 2010 - 2011
  • Professional Service


  • Television and New Media 2023 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for Routledge 2022 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for University of Texas Press 2022 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for University of Mississippi Press 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for International Journal of Communication (USC Annenberg) 2018 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Popular Television 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Book for Routledge Press 2012 - Present
  • Dissertation: Outside Reader for Konstanz University 2014 - 2018
  • Aesthetic Experience & the Dissolution of Artistic Limits Seminar for Graduate Seminar, Free University of Berlin 2013 - 2013
  • Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Endowment for the Humanities - 2013
  • Reviewer, Grant Proposal for Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center 2013 - 2013
  • manuscript reviewer for Routledge Press 2011 - 2011