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Department of English Language and Literature


Colleen Etman

Title: Graduate Student
PhD Candidate, Bilinski Fellow
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Colleen Etman


MA in English (College of Charleston/The Citadel) BA in English, minor in Classics (College of Charleston)

Major field in Popular Fiction in/and Culture; Minor field in Adaptation and Transmedia Studies

Colleen Etman is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Popular Culture Literature and Adaptation Studies. Her work focuses on how cultural phenomena reflect cultural values, and what the media we consume as a society says about social ideals and beliefs. During her time at USC, Colleen has taught in the First Year English program, including special courses in fanfiction, mythology, and Star Wars. In 2023, she won the Elliott Award for teaching. Colleen earned a Bilinski Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2023-2024 school year to sponsor writing her dissertation on gender dynamics in modern adaptations of King Arthurian literature. Her first article, “The Droids You’re Looking For: On Sentience and Servitude in Star Wars,” was published in the Popular Culture Studies Journal in 2021. Outside of academia, Colleen spends most of her time engaging with pop culture (unsurprisingly), her friends, and her two pets.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.