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Dr Casey Brienza

Lecturer in Publishing and Digital Media

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Dr Casey Brienza is a sociologist and Lecturer at City University London.

She received her first degree from Mount Holyoke College in 2003, an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University in 2009, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2013. Her doctoral thesis, fully funded by a Trinity College External Research Studentship, was an ethnography of the American manga publishing industry. She joined City, shortly after her viva, in March 2013.

To date, Dr Brienza has written over fifteen articles and chapters about transnational cultural production and consumption and the political economy of the global culture industries, specifically as these relate to publishing and emerging digital technologies. She is particularly well-known for her work on 1) Japanese manga and 2) the open access movement. Her first monograph is Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics (Bloomsbury 2016). She is also editor of Global Manga: ‘Japanese’ Comics without Japan? (Routledge 2015) and co-editor with Paddy Johnston of Cultures of Comics Work (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr Brienza is regarded as one of the most well-known manga experts in the United States and worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, and critic in this context prior to embarking upon an academic career. Since 2005, she has published over a thousand professional writings with Anime Insider, Otaku USA, Protoculture Addicts, Anime News Network, and Graphic Novel Reporter, among others.

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PhD in Sociology, University of Cambridge, 2013
MA in Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2009
AB in Asian Studies and English, Mount Holyoke College, 2003

Teaching Qualifications

FHEA and PgCert in Academic Practice, City University London, 2015
AFHEA, Teaching Associates Programme, University of Cambridge, 2013


Lecturer, City University London, 2013-


Research Interests

- media sociology
- political economy of the culture industries
- transnational cultural production and consumption
- manga, comics, and graphic novel publishing
- open access, intellectual property, and copyright
- digital and social media
- Japanese and East Asian popular culture

Dr Brienza welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in any of the above areas.


Books (3)

  1. Brienza, C. (2016). Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics. London: Bloomsbury ISBN 978-1-4725-9587-4.
  2. Brienza, C. (Ed.), (2015). Global Manga: "Japanese" Comics without Japan? London: Routledge ISBN 978-1-4724-3543-9.
  3. Brienza, C. and Johnston, P. (Eds.), Cultures of Comics Work. London: Palgrave Macmillan (under contract).

Chapters (5)

  1. Brienza, C. (2015). “Manga is not pizza”: The performance of ethno–racial authenticity and the politics of American anime and manga fandom in Svetlana Chmakova's Dramacon. Global Manga: "Japanese" Comics without Japan? (pp. 95–114). ISBN 978-1-4724-3544-6.
  2. Brienza, C. (2015). Introduction: Manga without Japan? (pp. 1–22). ISBN 978-1-4724-3544-6.
  3. Brienza, C. (2013). Objects of Otaku Affection: Animism, Anime Fandom, and the Gods of...Consumerism? In Harvey, G. (Ed.), Handbook of Contemporary Animism (pp. 479–490). London: Routledge
  4. Brienza, C. (2013). Beyond B&W? The Global Manga of Felipe Smith. In Jackson, R.L. and Howard, S.H. (Eds.), Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (pp. 79–94). London: Bloomsbury
  5. Brienza, C. (2012). Localization. In Ritzer, G. (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization (pp. 1304–1305). Oxford: Wiley.

Internet Publications (13)

  1. Brienza, C. (2015). Review of Enhancing the Doctoral Experience: A Guide for Supervisors and Their International Students by Steve Hutchinson, Helen Lawrence, and Dave Filipović-Carter. LSE Review of Books.
  2. Brienza, C. (2015). Review of Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday, by Christine Hine. LSE Review of Books.
  3. Brienza, C. (2015). Review of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman. LSE Review of Books.
  4. Brienza, C. (2015). Review of Internet Literature in China, by Michel Hockx..
  5. Brienza, C. (2014). Paying Twice or Paying Thrice? Open Access Publishing in a Global System of Scholarly Knowledge Production and Consumption. LSE Impact of Social Sciences.
  6. Brienza, C. (2014). Does Manga's Transnational Cool Benefit Japan? Discover Society.
  7. Brienza, C. (2014). Review of Anime: A History, by Jonathan Clements. LSE Review of Books.
  8. Brienza, C. (2013). Review of Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan, by Marc Steinberg. LSE Review of Books.
  9. Brienza, C. (2013). Review of The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, by Ian Condry. LSE Review of Books.
  10. Brienza, C. (2012). Review of The Adaptation Industry: The Cultural Economy of Contemporary Literary Adaptation, by Simone Murray. LSE Review of Books.
  11. Brienza, C. (2012). Review of Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World, edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Izumi Tsuji. LSE Review of Books.
  12. Brienza, C. (2011). Men of Wonder: Gender and American Superhero Comics. University of Cambridge.
  13. Brienza, C. (2011). Communication or Credentialing? On the Value of Academic Publishing. LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Journal Articles (20)

  1. Brienza, C. and Revers, M. (2016). The Field of American Media Sociology: Origins, Resurrection, and Consolidation. Sociology Compass, 10(7), pp. 539–552. doi:10.1111/soc4.12384.
  2. Brienza, C. (2016). Degrees of (Self-)Exploitation: Learning to Labour in the Neoliberal University. Journal of Historical Sociology, 29(1), pp. 92–111. doi:10.1111/johs.12119.
  3. Brienza, C. (2016). EMBRACING DIFFERENCES: Transnational Cultural Flows between Japan and the United States. PACIFIC AFFAIRS, 89(1), pp. 163–164.
  4. Brienza, C. (2015). Activism, Legitimation, or Record: Towards a New Tripartite Typology of Academic Journals. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 46(2), pp. 141–157. doi:10.3138/jsp.46.2.02.
  5. Brienza, C. (2015). Intergenerational Feminisms and Women's Colleges. Women in Higher Education, 24(3), pp. 7–17. doi:10.1002/whe.20176.
  6. Brienza, C. (2015). Publishing between Profit and Public Value: Academic Books and Open Access Policies in the United Kingdom. Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook, 13, pp. 65–81. doi:10.1386/nl.13.1.65_1.
  7. Brienza, C. (2014). Sociological Perspectives on Japanese Manga in America. Sociology Compass, 8(5), pp. 468–477. doi:10.1111/soc4.12158.
  8. Brienza, C. (2014). Did Manga Conquer America? Implications for the Cultural Policy of 'Cool Japan'. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 20(4), pp. 383–398. doi:10.1080/10286632.2013.856893.
  9. Brienza, C. (2014). The Chinese Fashion Industry: An Ethnographic Approach. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 43(6), pp. 872–873. doi:10.1177/0094306114553217y.
  10. Brienza, C. (2013). Remembering the Future: Cartooning Alternative Life Courses in Up and Future Lovers. The Journal of Popular Culture, 46(2), pp. 299–314. doi:10.1111/jpcu.12027.
  11. Brienza, C. (2013). What Do Publishers Know? tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(2), pp. 515–520.

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  12. Brienza, C. (2012). E-Books Are for Selling. Contexts, 11(1), pp. 58–59. doi:10.1177/1536504212436500.
  13. Brienza, C. (2012). Opening the Wrong Gate? The Academic Spring and Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Publishing Research Quarterly, 28(3), pp. 159–171. doi:10.1007/s12109-012-9272-5.
  14. Brienza, C. (2012). Taking Otaku Theory Overseas: Comics Studies and Japan’s Theorists of Postmodern Cultural Consumption. Studies in Comics, 3(2), pp. 213–229. doi:10.1386/stic.3.2.213_1.
  15. Brienza, C. (2011). Manga Is for Girls: American Publishing Houses and the Localization of Japanese Comic Books. Logos: Journal of the World Publishing Community, 22(4), pp. 41–53. doi:10.1163/095796512X625445.
  16. Brienza, C. (2010). Producing Comics Culture: A Sociological Approach to the Study of Comics. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 1(2), pp. 105–119. doi:10.1080/21504857.2010.528638.
  17. Brienza, C. (2009). Paratexts in Translation: Reinterpreting ’Manga’ for the United States. The International Journal of the Book, 6(2), pp. 13–20.

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  18. Brienza, C. (2009). Books, Not Comics: Publishing Fields, Globalization, and Japanese Manga in the United States. Publishing Research Quarterly, 25(2), pp. 101–117. doi:10.1007/s12109-009-9114-2.
  19. Brienza, C. (2009). Adoption, White Women, and the Keeping of Culture. Contexts, 8(4), pp. 79–81. doi:10.1525/ctx.2009.8.4.79.
  20. Brienza, C. (2004). The Space Between. The Korea Fulbright Review, 4, pp. 18–25.


Current Modules (Academic Year 2014-2015, Term 2)

- AMM421 Digital Cultures (postgraduate)
- CC2003 Research Methods (undergraduate)

Other/Past Modules

- CC3008 Digital Cultures (undergraduate)
- JOM610 Dissertation (postgraduate)
- JOM623 Publishing History and Culture (postgraduate)

Other Activities

Editorial Activities (3)

  1. Editorial Board, Publishing Research Quarterly, 2015-.
  2. Advisory Board, Emerald Studies in Media and Communications, 2015-.
  3. Editorial Advisory Board, Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, 2016-.

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (3)

  1. 'Mapping Book History' Closing Plenary. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2013). Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Conference
  2. Sociological Perspectives on Japanese Manga in America. Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan (2014). Topics in Manga Research Mini-Symposium (sponsored by the Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)
  3. Global Manga: 'Japanese' Comics without Japan? The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA (2015). Manga at a Crossroads Symposium II: Development and Globalization of Manga

Online Articles (4)

  1. Magische Mädchen und Girl Revolutions. an.schläge: Das feministische Magazin
  2. Why You (Yes, You!) Should Write Book Reviews. Inside Higher Ed
  3. Writing Academic Book Reviews. Inside Higher Ed
  4. First Five with Casey Brienza. New Criticals

Other (2)

  1. Member, Executive Committee, International Comic Arts Forum, 2010-
  2. Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2013-

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