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Briana Pocratsky


Office: Honors Center 161



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Educational Background


Pocratsky is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Clemson University and a PhD candidate in public sociology at George Mason University. She received her MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University in 2015. Pocratsky's research focuses on popular culture, identity, and everyday life. As a public sociologist, she enjoys working with communities and has experience writing, programming, and creating discussion spaces for publics. She teaches courses on a variety of subjects including popular culture and cultural studies, women, gender, and sexuality studies, sociology, and globalization. She formerly served as managing editor of The Sociologist.

Research Publications

-Smith, Jason A., Briana L. Pocratsky, Marissa Kiss, and Christian Suero, “Streaming Popular Feminism:
Netflix’s Jessica Jones as Feminist Hero” in Studies in Popular Culture (accepted).
-Pocratsky, Briana L. and Joshua Catalano. “From Ken Burns’ Civil War to History’s Ancient Aliens: Lincoln’s
Unfinished Work on Cable Television” in Lincoln’s Unfinished Work, edited by V. Burton and P. Eisenstadt.
(forthcoming 2021)
-Pocratsky, Briana L. and Joshua Casmir Catalano. “What’s on History?: Tuning into Conspiracies, Capitalism, and Masculinity” in Current Research in Digital History (vol. 3, 2020).
-Smith, Jason A., Briana L. Pocratsky, Marissa Kiss, and Christian Suero. 2019. “The Tough Chick Genre:
Netflix’s Serialized Exposition of Jessica Jones” in Netflix at the Nexus: Content, Practice, and Production in the Age of Streaming Television, edited by T. Plothe and A. M. Buck.
-Pocratsky, Briana L. and Matti Z Pomeroy. 2017. “Breaking it Down: The Construction of Femininity in Just
Dance.” Red Feather Journal: An International Journal of Children in Popular Culture 8(1): 1-18.
-Best, Amy L. and Briana L. Pocratsky. “Representation” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies edited by D. T. Cook. Sage (2020).

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