Mary Ellen Iatropoulos MA, MPS is an award-winning independent scholar of literature, media, and popular culture, having most recently won the juried prize for Best Publication of 2015 from the Whedon Studies Association for her paper  “Separate Worlds or One? Canonicity, Medium, and Authorship” (co-authored with David Kociemba). She is co-editor of Joss Whedon and Race: Critical Essays, forthcoming from McFarland Publishers in 2016. In addition, she is Director of Education at Spark Media Project, a nonprofit where she develops and oversees all implementation and evaluation of media-rich interdisciplinary curricula across Spark’s programs, alongside teaching her own courses in media/digital literacies and multimedia production, with a focus on social justice and pedagogies of empowerment.