Picture of book coverAmanda Kennell is an expert writer, speaker, curator, and teacher whose research centers on modern media, the environments that they create, and how content evolves as it moves across various media environments. She is an assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame. Her book, Alice in Japanese Wonderlands: Translation, Adaptation, Mediation, is available now from the University of Hawai’i Press. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art, the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, the Journal of Popular Culture, the Washington Post, and the Knight Letter, as well as the exhibition catalogue for the British Museum’s Manga exhibit, on which she consulted. She co-hosts the Japanese Studies channel of the New Books Network of podcasted interviews with the authors of new scholarly books.  Her courses cover Asian cultures – and in particular, Japanese animation, literature, film, comics, and video games – as well as the workings of transnational industries, nuclear energy issues, and new media technologies such as robots, advances in 3D, and social media.

She received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Smith College. Her work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Nippon Foundation, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Modern Language Association, the Association of Asian Studies, and the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, among others.