I am a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California Davis. I teach courses on business writing, advanced composition, and other lower and upper division courses. My research interests surround literacy, identity, and improving pedagogy. In my most recent book, Loving fanfiction: Exploring the role of emotions in online fandoms, which was published in Routledge’s Studies in New Media and Cyberculture series in May of 2021, I explore the complex ways in which emotions intersect with popular culture, learning, writing, and the ongoing journey of self-identification. I conduct an extended and systematic analysis of emotions within fan literacy practices by addressing work from a five-year ethnographic study across fandoms—from Harry Potter and WWE, to Gotham and Twilight. Through exploring fans’ narratives about themselves and the fanwork they produce and consume, I theorize how identity, cognition, emotion, the body, and embodiment come together in literacy development and practices. This work not only helps us to better understand fans, but has larger implications for academic work, namely: recovering the key role of emotion in teaching and research and providing scholars with tools for conducting more ethical and sustainable research. Additional research interests of mine focus on providing more supportive learning environments for all student writers, especially multilingual and multinational students.
Professional Link: https://bnkelley86.wordpress.com/
Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition | University of Louisville, 2016
M.A. Rhetoric and Writing | University of New Mexico, 2011
B.A. Linguistics | Boston University 2008
Kelley, B. (2021). Loving Fanfiction: Exploring the Role of Emotion in Online Fandoms, Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture series.
PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES
Kelley, B., & Weaver, S. (2020). Researching People who (Probably) Hate You: When Practicing “Good” Ethics Means Protecting Yourself. Computers and Composition, vol. 56, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102567
Wang, E.N., Kelley, B., Price, L., & Schuster, K. (2020). Beyond the Multidisciplinary in Fan Studies: Learning How to Talk Among Disciplines. Transformative Works and Cultures, Special Issue—Fan Studies Methodologies, vol. 33, https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2020.1819
Kelley, B. (2016). Towards a Goodwill Ethics of Online Research Methods. Transformative Works and Cultures, vol. 22, https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2016.0891
Kelley, B. (2016). Chocolate Frogs for My Betas!: Literacy Practices at One Online Fanfiction Website. Computers and Composition, vol. 40, pp. 48-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2016.03.001
PEER REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS
Kelley, B. (2020). Practicing Goodwill Ethics within Digital Research Methods In Dunn, S., & Schuster, K. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook on Research Methods in the Digital Humanities, (pp. 441-454). Routledge.
INVITED PUBLICATIONS / VIDEOS
Kelley, B. (Forthcoming). An ethics of goodwill for better online research. SAGE research methods video: research ethics & integrity, 2022. SAGE.