Roxanne Samer is a Visiting Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies. She has published in Jump Cut, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, and Feminist Media Histories. She edited Spectator 37.2 (Fall 2017), the first completed journal issue devoted to the study of transgender media. In October 2017, the University of Texas Press published Spectatorship: Shifting Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Media, a collection of essays from across twenty-five years of the journal Spectator’s history, which she edited with Willian Whittington.
This year Roxanne also served as a juror for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, an annual prize given to encourage the exploration and expansion of gender through fantasy and science fiction. The 2016 award went to Anna-Marie McLemore’s beautiful work of magical realism about trans existence and queer love, When the Moon Was Ours.
Roxanne was recently awarded the 2016-17 Ursula K. Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship in support of her ongoing research on James Tiptree, Jr.’s life and literature.
Roxanne is originally from Eugene, Oregon.