For Immediate Release
NORMA JONES NEW EDITOR OF THE POPULAR CULTURE STUDIES JOURNAL
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
March 28, 2017, Chicago, IL – The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (MPCA/ACA) announced today that Norma Jones is now Editor of The Popular Culture Studies Journal (PCSJ). A part of the editorial team since the journal’s inception, Jones has served as Associate, Managing, and Production Editor. She takes over from outgoing and founding editor Bob Batchelor.
PCSJ is an award‐winning, open‐source academic journal that launched in 2013. The journal serves the MPCA/ACA membership, as well as scholars globally, who recognize and support its mission based on expanding the way we view popular culture as a fundamental component within the contemporary world. PCSJ is peer‐reviewed and annually publishes the work of scholars, writers, academics, and students across disciplines.
“As an association, we are grateful for Bob’s leadership in founding PCSJ,” said Cortney Barko,
president of the Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association and Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia Tech. “Bob grew the journal into a respected academic publication with a broad, global audience.”
“PCSJ is committed to cutting‐edge scholarship,” said Jones. “As an open access journal, PCSJ is
available to scholars and researchers worldwide. We have already seen it widely adopted for use in classrooms and anticipate this continuing as more academic journals join the open‐source movement.
Jones added, “This is an incredible opportunity to expand upon the mission of PCSJ to increase
scholarship opportunities in popular culture studies and to make scholarship available to a wider audience through our open access journal.”
Jones’ editorial team includes Kathleen M. Turner, who continues as Associate Editor. Malynnda Johnson is the incoming Reviews Editor. Julia Largent is the new Managing Editor, while Maja Bajac‐Carter and Garret Castleberry will be new Assistant Editors.
The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (mpcaaca.org) is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. We study popular culture and provide engagement opportunities for scholars in our field.
The Popular Culture Studies Journal is an academic, peer-reviewed, refereed journal for scholars, academics, and students from the many disciplines that study popular culture. The journal serves the MPCA/ACA membership, as well as scholars globally who recognize and support its mission based on expanding the way we view popular culture as a fundamental component within the contemporary world.