Heather Urbanski holds a Master of Arts in Writing and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Composition and Rhetoric. Her first book, Plagues, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares (McFarland, 2007), a bibliographic survey of the genre, combines her passion for SF as a fan with her academic career. Her second book, the edited collection Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric (McFarland 2010), focuses on the intersections of rhetoric, popular culture, fandom, and digital media. The Science Fiction Reboot: Canon, Innovation and Fandom in Refashioned Franchises, a narrative analysis of reimagined works such as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica was released by McFarland in 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English Studies at Fitchburg State University.
This page collects examples of her work as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. She can be reached at hurban1 @ me.com.