David Kociemba



B.A. Bates College
M.S. Boston University


Contact Information

Office: Ansin 9th Fl.
Phone: 8800
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Currently serving as the president of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College union and as a committee member on the AAUP Committee on Contingency and the Profession, David Kociemba has taught courses in media history, television studies, disability studies, digital media and culture, video art, and fandom studies. His writing focuses on the work of Joss Whedon and Jane Espenson, disability representation in Glee and the films of Todd Haynes, and paratexts like spoilers and opening title sequences. He has written for the journals In Medias Res, Slayage, and Transformative Works and Cultures, along with anthologies published by Syracuse University Press, McFarland, Lexington, and others.

Along with his writing on film and television, Kociemba has appeared in Playing Columbine, the 2008 documentary directed, edited, and produced by Danny Ledonne that chronicles the history of the game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!" Kociemba currently serves as the editor of Watcher Junior, a peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate scholarship on Joss Whedon. He also has taught the principles and practice of parliamentary debate to talented 4th-12th grade students at College Academy in Winchester, Massachusetts, and the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club in Boston. He recently served as an expert on internet cat videos for Animal Planet.


  • 2005
  • Four articles for Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association
  • 2008
  • "Understanding the Espensode," Buffy Goes Dark. McFarland & Company
  • 2008
  • Interview Subject, Playing Columbine. Emberwilde Productions
  • 2009
  • "'Fake It ‘till You Make It': Understanding Media Addiction in Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on Online Fandom. McFarland & Company
  • 2010
  • "To Spoil or not to Spoil: Teaching Television's Narrative Complexity," Buffy in the Classroom. McFarland Publishing
  • 2010
  • "'This isn’t something I can fake': Reactions to Glee's representations of disability," Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures
  • 2010
  • "'Proud Mary': Glee's Very Special Sham Disability Pride Anthem," In Media Res
  • 2011
  • "Why Xander Matters: The Extraordinary Ordinary in Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero. Lexington.
  • 2011
  • Interview Subject, Cats 101. Animal Planet
  • 2014
  • "From Beneath You It Foreshadows: Why the First Season Matters," A Joss Whedon Reader. (Syracuse University Press).
  • 2014
  • "Welcome to the Dollhouse: Reading Its Opening Title Sequences," Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity: Examinations of Reality and Fantasy in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. (Scarecrow Press.)


  • 2014
  • Part Time Development Fund

Global & Civic Engagement

  • 2006
  • Union President, Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, American Association of University Professors
  • 2007
  • Volunteer Teacher, Roxbury Boys and Girls Club
  • 2011
  • Member, Faculty Sub-committee of the Presidential Transition Team
  • 2013
  • Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow
  • 2013
  • Member, AAUP Committee on Contingency and the Profession

Awards & Honors

  • 2007
  • Won Coveted Mr. Pointy Award for excellence in short-form scholarship from the Whedon Studies Association


New Media
Online Studies
Pop Culture
TV and Radio