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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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City University London
Northampton Square



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.

A high-resolution staff profile photo suitable for media use may be downloaded here.


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.


Journal Article (20)

  1. Brienza, C. (01 Mar 2016). EMBRACING DIFFERENCES: Transnational Cultural Flows between Japan and the United States.. PACIFIC AFFAIRS, 89(1), 163-164.
  2. Brienza, C. (01 Mar 2016). Degrees of (Self-)Exploitation: Learning to Labour in the Neoliberal University. Journal of Historical Sociology, 29(1), 92-111. doi: 10.1111/johs.12119
  3. Brienza, C. and Revers, M. (01 Jul 2016). The Field of American Media Sociology: Origins, Resurrection, and Consolidation. Sociology Compass, 10(7), 539-552. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12384
  4. Brienza, C. (2015). Activism, Legitimation, or Record: Towards a New Tripartite Typology of Academic Journals. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 46(2), 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), 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, 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), 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), 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), 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), 299-314. doi: 10.1111/jpcu.12027
  11. Brienza, C. (2013). What Do Publishers Know?. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(2), 515-520.

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  12. Brienza, C. (2012). Taking Otaku Theory Overseas: Comics Studies and Japan’s Theorists of Postmodern Cultural Consumption. Studies in Comics, 3(2), 213-229. doi: 10.1386/stic.3.2.213_1
  13. Brienza, C. (2012). E-Books Are for Selling. Contexts, 11(1), 58-59. doi: 10.1177/1536504212436500
  14. Brienza, C. (2012). Opening the Wrong Gate? The Academic Spring and Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Publishing Research Quarterly, 28(3), 159-171. doi: 10.1007/s12109-012-9272-5
  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), 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), 105-119. doi: 10.1080/21504857.2010.528638
  17. Brienza, C. (2009). Books, Not Comics: Publishing Fields, Globalization, and Japanese Manga in the United States. Publishing Research Quarterly, 25(2), 101-117. doi: 10.1007/s12109-009-9114-2
  18. Brienza, C. (2009). Adoption, White Women, and the Keeping of Culture. Contexts, 8(4), 79-81. doi: 10.1525/ctx.2009.8.4.79
  19. Brienza, C. (2009). Paratexts in Translation: Reinterpreting ’Manga’ for the United States. The International Journal of the Book, 6(2), 13-20.

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  20. Brienza, C. (2004). The Space Between. The Korea Fulbright Review, 4, 18-25.

Book (3)

  1. Brienza, C. (2016). Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics. London: Bloomsbury.

    [publisher's website]

  2. (2015). Global Manga: "Japanese" Comics without Japan?. London: Routledge.

    [publisher's website]

  3. (). Cultures of Comics Work. London: Palgrave Macmillan (under contract).

Chapter (5)

  1. Brienza, C. (01 Jan 2015). Introduction: Manga without Japan?. (Ed.), (pp. 1-22)
  2. Brienza, C. (01 Jan 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. (Ed.), Global Manga: "Japanese" Comics without Japan? (pp. 95-114)
  3. Brienza, C. (2013). Beyond B&W? The Global Manga of Felipe Smith. Jackson, R.L. and Howard, S.H. (Ed.), Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (pp. 79-94) London: Bloomsbury.

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  4. Brienza, C. (2013). Objects of Otaku Affection: Animism, Anime Fandom, and the Gods of...Consumerism?. Harvey, G. (Ed.), Handbook of Contemporary Animism (pp. 479-490) London: Routledge.

    [publisher's website]

  5. Brienza, C. (2012). Localization. Ritzer, G. (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization (pp. 1304-1305) Oxford: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9780470670590.wbeog362

Internet Publication (13)

  1. Brienza, C. (28 Jan 2015). Review of Enhancing the Doctoral Experience: A Guide for Supervisors and Their International Students by Steve Hutchinson, Helen Lawrence, and Dave Filipović-Carter Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  2. Brienza, C. (17 Jul 2015). Review of Internet Literature in China, by Michel Hockx Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  3. Brienza, C. (09 Apr 2015). Review of Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday, by Christine Hine Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  4. Brienza, C. (24 Apr 2015). Review of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  5. Brienza, C. (04 Mar 2014). Does Manga's Transnational Cool Benefit Japan? Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  6. Brienza, C. (30 Jan 2014). Paying Twice or Paying Thrice? Open Access Publishing in a Global System of Scholarly Knowledge Production and Consumption Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  7. Brienza, C. (06 Mar 2014). Review of Anime: A History, by Jonathan Clements Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  8. Brienza, C. (13 Nov 2013). Review of The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, by Ian Condry Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  9. Brienza, C. (12 Jan 2013). Review of Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan, by Marc Steinberg Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  10. Brienza, C. (05 May 2012). Review of Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World, edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Izumi Tsuji Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  11. Brienza, C. (06 Oct 2012). Review of The Adaptation Industry: The Cultural Economy of Contemporary Literary Adaptation, by Simone Murray Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  12. Brienza, C. (05 May 2011). Communication or Credentialing? On the Value of Academic Publishing Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  13. Brienza, C. (01 Nov 2011). Men of Wonder: Gender and American Superhero Comics Retrieved from: [publisher's website]


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

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (3)

  • Global Manga: 'Japanese' Comics without Japan?, 04 Apr 2015, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. Manga at a Crossroads Symposium II: Development and Globalization of Manga
  • Sociological Perspectives on Japanese Manga in America, 12 Jul 2014, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan. Topics in Manga Research Mini-Symposium (sponsored by the Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)
  • 'Mapping Book History' Closing Plenary, 21 Jul 2013, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Conference

Editorial Activities (3)

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

Press/Online Articles (4)

  • First Five with Casey Brienza, 06 Jul 2015, New Criticals (Online)
  • Writing Academic Book Reviews, 27 Mar 2015, Inside Higher Ed (Online)
  • Why You (Yes, You!) Should Write Book Reviews, 05 Dec 2014, Inside Higher Ed (Online)
  • Magische Mädchen und Girl Revolutions, Mar 2014, an.schläge: Das feministische Magazin (Print)

Other Activities (2)

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2013-
  • Member, Executive Committee, International Comic Arts Forum, 2010-

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