Amanda Kennell

Amanda Kennell is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and a member of the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate programme at the University of Southern California. Ms. Kennell is one of the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Ph.D. fellows, in which role she examines how new technologies can be used to strengthen and spread research. Her dissertation, “Alice in Evasion”, analyzes adaptation in Japanese popular culture, specifically asking how Lewis Carroll’s two Alice in Wonderland novels have travelled across media platforms and time. She has also earned the honor of being named a VSGC Summer Research Fellow, an ACE-Nikaido Fellow and a Barbara F. Inamoto Fellow. Her paper, “Origin and Ownership from Ballet to Anime” is forthcoming from The Journal of Popular Culture. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania with the thesis, “Fights Like a Girl: Kite as a new direction for female action heroes”.