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Mary Ingram-Waters

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Assistant Dean and Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Lect Sr RMY+Hon Fac Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Asst Dean + Prin Lect, RMY
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography: 

Mary Ingram-Waters joined the faculty of Barrett, the Honors College, in January, 2009, after completing her doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Ingram-Waters currently serves the Barrett community as Assistant Dean. Her primary responsibility is working with ASU faculty to create exciting, challenging, and meaningful academic opportunities for Barrett students. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Barrett College Fellows Undergraduate Research Program, which pairs Barrett students with faculty mentors in research centers, labs, and working groups, across all four campuses of ASU.

Professor Ingram-Waters' current teaching and research interests explore the intersections of gender, sexualities, and fandoms. She has taught honors seminars on fandom cultures, global fandoms, and science, technology, and sexualities. Her publications have explored the dynamics of gender, race, and sexualities in sports, esports, electronic games, television, film, and music fandoms. She has written commentary or spoken to the media, local and national, on Harry PotterStar TrekOverwatch, Taylor Swift, fantasy football and the NFL, ScandalSupernaturalGood Omens, and celebrities' use of social media platforms. She has directed or participated in more than 60 honors theses and published with three undergraduate Barrett students. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara 2008
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara 2001
  • B.A. Major: Sociology; Minor: Women’s Studies, University of West Georgia 1997
Research Interests: 

Sociology, Science, Technology, & Society, Social Inequalities, Fan Studies, and New Media Studies.

Publications: 

2021 “Gender and Cosplay,” with Madison Sears (Barrett Student), Discipline and Freedom: Social Norms, Social Identity, and Financial Implications of Cosplay, Eds. Amy Lewis and Elizabeth Nichols. In process.

 

2021 “Fan Desire and Aging Masculinities.” Solicited Chapter, Untitled Volume on Good Omens, Eds. Erin Giannini and Mandy Taylor, McFarland Press. Under contract.

 

2020 Pregnant Men and their Reconfigurations of Pregnancy.” Male Femininities, Eds. Dana Berkowitz, Elroi Windsor, and Chong-Suk Han. New York, NY: New York University Press. In press.

 

2019 “Queerbaiting in Video Games: A Case Study of Overwatch.” With Isabela Silva (Barrett student), Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans through Homoerotic Possibilities, Joseph Brennan, Editor, University of Iowa Press. Pp. 177-181.

 

2019 “Click Here to Buy. Click Here to Vote.” Transformative Works and Cultures, Volume 32: https://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/1847.

 

2018 “Blurring Production Boundaries with Fan Empowerment: Scandal as Social Television”, with Leslie Balderas (Barrett student), Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation. Eds. Rachel A. Griffin and Michaela Meyer, New Brunswick, NJ:  Routledge. 197-213.

 

2017 Review, The Fantasy Sports Industry: Games within Games, Brody Ruihley and Andrew Billings, Sociology of Sport Journal, 34 (1): 90-91.

 

2016 “Dismantling “You Get What You Deserve”: Toward a Feminist Sociology of Revenge Porn”, with Emilee Eikren (Barrett student), Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 10. https://adanewmedia.org/2016/10/issue10-eikren-ingramwaters/

 

2016 “To Seek Out New Star Trek Fans and Form New Star Trek Civilizations,” Invited essay, Popmatters! Special Issue: Star Trek at 50. http://www.popmatters.com/feature/to-seek-out-new-star-trek-fans-and-form-new-star-trek-civilizations/

 

2015 “Writing the Pregnant Man.” Transformative Works and Cultures, 20. http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0651

 

2015 “Gender, Sexuality, and Technology in Male Pregnancy: An Analysis of Lee Mingwei and Virgil Wong’s POP! The First Human Male Pregnancy.” Sexualities 19: 138-155.

 

 2014 “Enlightenment Philosophy.” Invited essay. The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory. Eds. James Mattingly                                 and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 

2014 “Critiquing Culture from the Sidelines, a Conversation on Football, Cultural Critique, Ethics, and Collective Action.” Curated entry at Cultures in Conversation.  With Dr. Jenny Brian and Dr. Nicki Lisa Cole. http://cultureinconversation.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/critiquing-culture-from-the-sidelines-a-conversation-on-football-cultural-critique-ethics-and-collective-action/

 

2014 Review, Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series. Eds Louisa Ellen Stein and Kristina Busse. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. 2012, in Journal of Popular Culture, 47, 4: 914-916.        

 

2010 “When Normal and Deviant Identities Collide: Methodological Considerations of the Pregnant Aca/Fan.” Transformative Works and Cultures, 5, doi:10.3983/twc.2010.0207.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 394Special Topics
HON 484Internship
HON 492Honors Directed Study
HON 493Honors Thesis
HON 498Pro-Seminar
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 493Honors Thesis
HON 498Pro-Seminar
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
HON 493Honors Thesis
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 492Honors Directed Study
HON 493Honors Thesis
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 394Special Topics
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event