BA in English, magna cum laude, University of California, Riverside, 2017
Animal studies, speculative fiction, cultural and media studies.
Brandy’s research interests involve understanding newer ways of locating the animal within culture and how the animal as avatar is worked upon or affixed to queer and inhuman bodies or that therein of the Other. Her specialty lies in untangling the user from the digital avatar online, particularly through fans of the Furry fandom and how their animalized alter-egos perform as ulterior simulacrums. Through this usage, she argues that the animal-user online is tied to an ecological awareness of the Anthropocene and a reframing of the animal as Other for newer, cleaner modes of working through a problematically humanist culture.
Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction, “Furry Fandom Conventions: 1989-2015,” John Lewis, 2018
The Rabbit Dies First, “End of (On)line,” Franklin Leo, Fall 2018
In Flux, “Wild Dog,” Franklin Leo, Fall 2018
Bleak Horizons, “4/13/2060,” Franklin Leo, 2017