PhD, University of Minnesota

Frenchy Lunning, PhD, has written two books—Subcultural Fashion: Fetish Style (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Cosplay: The Masque of Fandom (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)—and is working on a third, Revolutionary Girl: Shōjo. She has also written various essays in anthologies and journals.

Lunning is director of the internationally recognized academic conference Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures. She is also the editor-in-chief of Mechademia, a completed ten-volume book series published by the University of Minnesota Press. Mechademia is dedicated to Asian popular culture, but it primarily focuses on Japanese manga and anime.

She recently began working in object-oriented ontology, an aspect speculative realism, and has chapters being published in two anthologies: After the “Speculative Turn”: Realism, Philosophy and Feminism (editors: Eileen Joy, Katerina Kolozova, and Ben Woodard) and Object-Oriented Feminism (editor: Kathryn Behar). Lunning additionally has a video and film production firm, Moving Walkway Productions, that specializes in music videos.