Dr. Maura Grady

Assistant Professor
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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Dr. Grady’s scholarly work includes Film and Television Studies, Fan Culture, Gender Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and Composition and Pedagogy. Her current research is focused on the intersection between Fan Culture and Film-Induced Tourism. In collaboration with Dr. Richard “Robby” Roberson (Ashland University COBE), she is studying fans’ responses to local film tourism sites, such as “The Shawshank Trail” in Mansfield, Ashland, and Sandusky Ohio (filming sites of The Shawshank Redemption) and the Christmas Story House in Cleveland (filming site of A Christmas Story). She also has forthcoming articles on issues of maternity in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and on operas in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

After completing her doctorate (2008) in English with emphases in Film Studies and Gender Theory at the University of California at Davis, where she worked with film historian Scott Simmon, she was then Assistant Director of Core Writing at the University of Nevada, Reno for three years before making Ohio her home in 2011.

Dr. Grady also has a passion for German film, literature, language, and culture, having studied and taught at universities in Germany.

She loves Ashland University’s small classes and the opportunities to work closely with students on individual projects and interdisciplinary work.


“Nostalgia for Empire 1963-1974” co-authored with Cassie Hemstrom in Doctor Who in Time and Space. Ed. Gillian Leitch. McFarland Press, 2013.

“The Fall of the Organization Man: Loyalty and Conflict in the First Season of Mad Men” in Analyzing Mad Men: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Scott Stoddart. McFarland Press, 2011.

“Kill Bill and the Maternal Hero.” Heroines: Images of Women Through Literature and Popular Culture. Ed. Norma Jones. Scarecrow Press, an Imprint of Roman and Littlefield. Forthcoming.

“Story and Structure in Mister Rogers Neighborhood’s Operas” in Essays on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson. Forthcoming.

Book review: American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner Rosenhagen The Journal of American Culture. Forthcoming December 2013

Book review: Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships by Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen. The Journal of American Culture. Forthcoming.

Book review: Fan Culture: Theory/Practice. Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis, Eds. The Journal of American Culture. Forthcoming.


B.A., in English and German, University of Vermont
M.A., in English, University of California Davis
Ph.D., in English, University of California Davis

Courses Taught

Composition I and II
Writer's Workshop: Screenwriting
Special Topics: Gender in American Genre Film
Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar
Literature & Film
Global Film: German Film
German Literature in Translation

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