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Katie Cooper is a PhD candidate, and her general research and teaching interests include the sociology of culture, media and society, gender, and social movements. She is currently finishing her dissertation, titled: “Breaking the Crass Ceiling? Exploring Narratives, Performances, and Audience Reception of Feminist Stand-Up Comedy,” which explores the ‘cultural work’ of women’s stand-up comedy performances. Utilizing a mixed-methods qualitative approach, Katie’s research examines how women comedians ‘play with’ dominant cultural narratives through humor, and additionally, how audiences construct and interpret meaning from these comedy performances. Katie has taught courses in Sociology of the Media, Intro to Sociology, Sociology of Popular Culture, and Social Science Statistics.

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Melissa Jane Welch is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include medical sociology, disability and feminist studies, and social movements and collective identity. Specifically her dissertation research explores the interconnectivity between narratives of disability at the personal, cultural, and institutional level. Her published work on the methodological implications of working as a disabled qualitative researcher can be found in Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World. Currently Melissa Jane is working on a forthcoming publication with Sara Green and Shawn Bingham about the cultural reception of disability humor.

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