Academic C.V.

Charity Ayn Fowler


Virginia Commonwealth University                                                                                     Richmond, VA 23219
Media Art and Text Ph.D. Program                                                                            
P.O. Box 842005                                                                                                              
Virginia Commonwealth University                                                                                     (804) 937-1720
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2005


Ph.D. Student, Media Art and Text Ph.D. Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2005
M.A., Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
B.A., Departments of Theater and English, Florida State University, 1997

Teaching and Research Interests

Media studies, fandom studies; popular culture, television and film adaptations of literature; gender and sexuality studies, queer theory; folklore and mythology; genre studies, Gothic literature and drama; intersection of law and culture; nineteenth century British literature, particularly Austen, Byron and the Shelleys; performance theory; new media and the digital humanities; composition, rhetoric and creative writing.

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011-2013
  • Academic Achievement Award, USD School of Law, 2003-2005
  • USD School of Law Grant, 2002-2003
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998-2000
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, Florida State University, 1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Florida State University, 1996
  • National Merit Scholar, 1993-1997
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, 1993-1997
  • Governor’s Scholar, Kentucky, 1992

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Instructor of Record, Virginia Commonwealth University

ENGL 304: Advanced Writing — Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

ENGL 200: Writing & Rhetoric Workshop II  — Spring 2000

ENGL 101: Writing & Rhetoric Workshop I — Fall 1999

Adjunct, Virginia Commonwealth University

ENGL 200: Writing & Rhetoric Workshop II — Summer 2000

Adjunct, Loyola Marymount University

English 110: College Writing — Fall 2000, Spring 2001

Adjunct, University of California, Irvine

Writing 39C: Argument and Research — Fall 2000

Teaching Assistant, University of San Diego School of Law

Torts — Fall 2003, Spring 2004

Instructor, Kaplan

LSAT Preparation Course  — Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Instructor, Dong Sung ESL School, Seoul, Korea

ESL Instructor — Fall 1997, Spring 1998          


“Redemptive Resistance: Fan Videos and the Eroticization of the Brotherly Bond.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Washington, D.C. March 2013

Panelist. RavenCon. Richmond, VA. Upcoming: April 2013. Panels: “A Song of Ice and Fire;” “Bad Robot” (J.J. Abrams’ work, Moderator); “Clothes and Costumes in Your Writing;” “50 Shades of Meh” (Moderator); “The Companions of Doctor Who.”

Legal Experience

Contract Attorney, Lawyer Staffing, Inc. Richmond, VA. 2012-Present

Deputy Legislative Counsel, Legislative Counsel Bureau. Carson City, NV. 2005-2011.

Summer Law Clerk, Hopping Green & Sams. Tallahassee, FL. Summer 2004.

Legal Intern. U.S. Attorney’s Office. San Diego, CA. Spring 2004.


Popular Culture Association
Modern Language Association
National Communication Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies


Elizabeth Hodges, Virginia Commonwealth University, Professor of English

Roy L.  Brooks, University of San Diego School of Law, Professor of Law