American Studies
American Studies

Kameron Dunn


Masters Student

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Internet Studies, online subcultures, fandom studies, Digital Humanities, queer theory, posthumanism, rural studies, late 20th-21st century literature

Biography


Through Digital Humanities methodology, Kameron Dunn’s research investigates the role of internet subcultures in the formation of queer identity, especially in low-income regions of the rural South. A born and raised Okie, Kameron’s research interests are predicated on his own experiences of the transformative power of online communities. A major group of interest is the furry fandom: an internet-based subculture with a shared interest in anthropomorphism and role-play.

Kameron’s undergraduate work culminated in a year-long project on David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, where he utilized topic modeling to identify themes of suffering within the novel that could be validated by a close-reading of the novel and Wallace’s own biography. This project was conducted under faculty supervision at his home undergraduate institution—Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma—and at Stanford University during a summer research internship through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). Moving forward, Kameron will be connecting his research experience in the Digital Humanities with the literary skills of close-reading, applied theory, and database research to develop a cross-sectional analysis new to the field of Internet Studies.

Kameron also received the Critical Language Scholarship for Korean and studied in Busan, South Korea in the summer of 2019.

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