Eli Dunn

Postdoctoral Scholar - Teaching Fellow
Pronouns He / Him / His Email eli.dunn@usc.edu


Eli Dunn is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Southern California, where they study the intersections of queer theory, television, new media, and contemporary literature. Their work focuses on the queer reading strategies of both content creators and consumers with an emphasis on theories of time and embodiment. Their dissertation project looks closely at empty spaces, pauses, and breaks within contemporary media forms to theorize the queer restructuring of time through increasing media fragmentation and hybridization. Eli received their MA in English from the University of Virginia in 2016 and their BA from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.


  • BA , Univ Calif Irvine
  • MA , Univ Virginia
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Eli works on contemporary literature and narrative experiments from poetry to video games to streaming television. They are interested in how narrative form and structure impact viewers and readers, with a particular eye for narrative temporality and interactivity. They also dabble in fan studies and popular culture. Eli writes about everything from experimental queer autotheory to memes and Twitter.

  • Journal Article

    • Dunn, E. (2016). Steven Universe, Fusion Magic, and the Queer Cartoon Carnivalesque. GenderForum. Vol. 56 Gender Forum Website