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Ms. Amanda Hobson


Assistant Dean of Students

Amanda Hobson is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director at the Women’s Resource Center at Indiana State University. In her role as a student affairs administrator, her work focuses on issues of social justice and equity in higher education, and she regularly presents about a wide-range of diversity issues, including gender justice, bystander intervention, and sexual violence. Her doctoral work at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts centers on issues of intersectionality of identity in feminist genre film with a specific emphasis on horror films and pornography. Amanda presents on the construction and portrayal of gender, sexuality, and race within contemporary popular culture and art, such as Gender Blending and Genre Bending in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, Apocalyptic Vampires, Vampiric Icons: Visions of Vampires from Dirty to Debonair in Less than 200 Years. Additionally, she regularly uses popular culture to educate about social justice, including presentations on Horror Films as Social Commentary, Feminist Horror Films, and Gender and Monstrosity in Popular Culture. She has been invited to deliver lectures on the topic of vampires in popular culture, including a talk at BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio, for their production of Dracula. Amanda has a passion for teaching about issues of social justice through popular culture through programs such as “Horror Films as Social Commentary.” Her published work includes “‘We Don’t Do History’: Constructing Masculinity in a World of Blood” in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “Brothers Under Covers: Race and the Paranormal Romance Novel” in Race in the Vampire Narrative (Sense, 2015). She is the co-editor with U. Melissa Anyiwo of Gender in the Vampire Narrative (Sense, 2016). Amanda can be found most days reading endless novels, watching horror movies, and hanging out with her adorable fifteen-year old furry kid, Beaker.