CarrieLynn D. Reinhard is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She serves as an Editor for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. She is co-chair for the Wrestling Studies area for Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture.
She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the Ohio State University. She served as a post-doctoral researcher in virtual worlds and reception studies at Roskilde University in Roskilde, Denmark.
She has published numerous articles and book chapters on reception studies, primarily concerning digital communication technologies. Along with her partner, Christopher J. Olson of Dominican University, she is co-author of Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema (Lexington, 2016). Together, they are co-editor of Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and Heroes, Heroines and Everything In Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children’s Entertainment Media (Lexington, forthcoming).
They also co-host The Pop Culture Lens podcast, which looks at pop cultural texts using different academic concepts and theories. She also runs her own website with her research at Playing, With Research.
Professional Wrestling Studies Contributions
- Defining Convergent Wrestling (Work-in-Progress)
- The Fourth Wall and Professional Wrestling (Work-in-Progress)
- The Co-Construction of Kayfabe (Work-in-Progress)
- An Autoethnography of AAW (Reflections on AAW)
- The Communities of AAW (Reflections on AAW)