"Dr. Dru" Pagliassotti is the chair of the Communication Department and teaches classes in news writing, copy editing, website design, and film theory; she also supervises student internships. Dr. Pagliassotti has co-taught several travel courses, including the art/communication course Imagining Venice, which took students to Venice and Florence in 2011 and 2013 (and is scheduled for 2016), and the history/communication course Faces of India, that took students to India in 2006. She's also co-taught a course on the history, sociology, and creation of comics: ComicComm.
Dr. Pagliassotti's past research has examined the development and growing popularity of boys' love (yaoi) manga in the West. Dr. Pagliassotti recently published a chapter on the role of technology in steampunk romance and erotica for Steaming into a Victorian Future and is currently working on a manuscript about mad scientists in steampunk. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural.
Dr. Pagliassotti's interest in fiction and publishing arises from her own experience as the published author of four novels and a number of short stories. She has been the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror, for 11.5 years, and The Harrow Press, a publisher of print horror anthologies, for 7 years. Her past professional experience includes editorial work on print books, journals, and trade magazines; freelance Web site design; and serving as a content provider on roleplaying games for About.Com.
M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California, Communication Theory & Research
Graduate certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Communication
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology