Jacinta Yanders is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at The Ohio State University.  She primarily researches representation in media as well as contemporary media trends. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the narrative impact and audience reception of television reimaginings in which a character’s race, gender, and/or sexuality has been changed.

Jacinta has presented her research at various conferences, such as the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Topics for these presentations include racial diversity on television, the effects of binge watching, the multiple media representations of Snow White, and feminized cult TV. Additionally, her chapter “Building and Breaking an Antihero: The Rise of Sonny Corinthos” can be found in the collection Hero or Villain?: Essays on Dark Protagonists of Television.

With an undergraduate degree in English Education, Jacinta previously taught English/Language Arts at the middle and high school levels. At the college level, Jacinta has taught a variety of subjects, such as writing, film studies, television studies, and digital media.