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My Research

My research program explores fan-based citizenship--that is civic actions that are grounded in fan commitments and identities. Throughout my work I try to pay attention to both the potential and limits fan-based citizenship performances offer for public participation in an increasingly digital democracy. My work has considered cases of social movement rhetoric, diplomatic exchanges, campaign bumper stickers, online video, commercials, and more. These communication artifacts have emerged from a wide variety of fandoms, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Husker football team, Harry Potter, the VlogBrothers, the Vampire Diaries, Star Wars, and others.


citizenship; civic engagement; digital rhetoric; fan studies; internet studies; social movement rhetoric; popular culture.

Curriculum Vitae:

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Hinck, A. (March 2019). Politics for the Love of Fandom: Fan-Based Citizenship in the Digital Age. Louisiana State University Press.

Booth, P., Davisson, A., Hess, A., & Hinck, A. (October 2018/January 2019). Poaching Politics: Trolls, Fans, & Participatory Culture in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Peter Lang. In the "Frontiers in Political Communication" series edited by Mitchell McKinney and Mary Stuckey.


Hinck, A. (2018). Digital ghosts in the modern classroom. Hybrid Pedagogy: An Open-Access Journal of Learning, Teaching & Technology. http://hybridpedagogy.org/digital-ghosts-modern-classroom/

Hunting, K. & Hinck, A. (2017). "I'll see you in Mystic Falls": Intimacy, feelings, and public issues in Ian Somerhalder's celebrity activism. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 34(5), 432-448. full text here.

Hinck, A (2016). Ethical frameworks and ethical modalities: Theorizing dommunication and ditizenship in a fluid world. Communication Theory, 26, 1-20. [lead article] full text here

Hinck, A. (2013). Framing the video essay as argument. The Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, 2(1) Summer/Fall 2013. http://www.teachingmedia.org/framing-the-video-essay-as-argument/

Hinck, A. (2012). Theorizing a public engagement keystone: Seeing fandom's integral connection to civic engagement through the case of the Harry Potter Alliance. In "Transformative Works and Fan Activism," edited by Henry Jenkins and Sangita Shresthova, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 10. doi:10.3983/twc.2012.0311. full article here

Hatfield, K., Hinck, A., & Birkholt, M. (2007). Seeing the visual in argumentation: A rhetorical analysis of UNICEF Belgium's Smurf PSA as a site of visual argumentation. Argumentation and Advocacy, 43(3 and 4), p. 144-151.

Book Chapters

Hinck, A. (Accepted by editors). Shifting patterns of footall fandom, team ownership, and digital media cultures: YouTube, FIFA videogames, and AFC Wimbledon. In S. Lawrence and G. Crawford (Eds.), Digital football cultures. New York: Routledge.

Zolides, A. & Hinck, A. (Forthcoming). Debating a social media celebrity: Social media and Trump in the 2016 presidential debates. In E. Hinck (Ed.), Presidential debates in a changing media environment--Volume II: The citizens talk back. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Hinck, A. (2018) Fluidity in a digital world: Choice, communities, and public values. In A. Hess & A. Davisson (Eds.), Theorizing digital rhetoric (pp. 98-111). New York: Routledge.

Hinck, S., Ghanem, S., Hinck, A., and Kitsch, S. (2017). Exploring the Deicision to pursue a career in higher education administration: An analysis of gendered constraints and opporutnities. In K. Cole and H. Hassel (Eds.), Surviving sexism in academia: Strategies for feminist leadership (pp. 29-37). New York: Routledge.

Hinck, A. (2014). Serving online communities: Service-learning, internet studies, and online education. In S. Crabill and D. Butin (Eds.), Community engagement 2.0? Dialogues on the future of the civic in the disrupted university (pp. 26-40). New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Hinck, A. (2012). Building bridges between sports and communication: The warm-up jog for the communication classroom. In F. Mullen (Ed.), Teaching communication creatively (pp. 91-94). Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press.