Kristen Bryant is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include cultural sociology, popular culture, audience studies, and the life course. More specifically, her work examines the interconnections among fandom, play, and constructions of adulthood. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a McNair Scholar, and an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her master’s thesis is titled, “Not That Kind of Adult Toy: A Post-Adolescent Predilection for Plastic Playthings.” She is co-author with Denise Bielby of “Populating the Universe: Toy Collecting and Adult Lives,” which appeared in The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures, edited by Koos Zwan, Linda Duits, and Stijn Reijnders (2014). Kristen’s dissertation examines constructions of affective play and conceptions of adulthood illuminated by an in-depth look at the practice of cosplay.
Interests: fandom, play, culture, popular culture, audience studies, life course