About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. My new book, Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture, comes out in March 2018.

My current research includes a the Comic Cons Research Project, a study of  labour in the comic book industry, and the What Were Comics? project with Bart Beaty and Nick Sousanis.

More broadly, I'm interested in and available to supervise Master's students working in the areas of comics and graphic novels, popular culture industries, and audience, reception and fandom studies. (For information on graduate studies at Carleton, visit the Communication and Media Studies website.)


Selected Publications

For a complete listing, see my ORCID or Google Scholar profiles.

Books

Benjamin Woo, Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture (Kingston & Montreal: McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2018).

Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo, The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Reviewed:

Benjamin Woo, Stuart R. Poyntz, and Jamie Rennie, eds., Scene Thinking: Cultural Studies from the Scenes Perspective (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2016). Originally published as Cultural Studies 29, no. 3 (2015).

Articles and Chapters

Benjamin Woo, “The Invisible Bag of Holding: Whiteness and Media Fandom,” in The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, eds. Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott (New York: Routledge, 2018), 245–52.

Benjamin Woo, “To the Studio! Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation and the Occupational Imaginary of Comics Work,” in Cultures of Comics Work, eds. Casey Brienza and Paddy Johnston (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 189–202.

Benjamin Woo, “Erasing the Lines between Leisure and Labor: Creative Work in the Comics World,” in “Performing Labor in the Media Industries, ed. Kate Fortmueller, special issue, Spectator 35, no. 2 (2015): 57–64.

Kenneth Huynh and Benjamin Woo, “‘Asian Fail’: Chinese Canadian Men Talk about Race, Masculinity, and the Nerd Stereotype,” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 20, nos. 4–5 (2015): 363–78.

Benjamin Woo, “Understanding Understandings of Comics: Reading and Collecting as Media-Oriented Practices,” Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies 9, no. 2 (2012): 180–99.

Benjamin Woo, “The Android’s Dungeon: Comic-Bookstores, Cultural Spaces, and the Social Practices of Audiences,” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2, no. 2 (2011): 125–36.