Thoughts from my study of Horror, Media, and Narrrative


Publication History

  • Kligler Vilenchik, V. et. al. “Experiencing Civic Paths” Online Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures. (In publication)
  • Tokuhama, C. “Consumption, A Modern Affliction:  Branding in the College Admission Process” Journal of College Admission. (2011)
  • Contributor, Trans/Missions: Blog of the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion. (2011)


  • “Love Out of Nothing at All: A re-examination of popular culture in admission.” Private College Symposium, Tiger Woods Learning Center (2011)
  • Digital Media and Literacy Conference 2010

Research History

Public Participation and Civics Research Group, PI:  Henry Jenkins (2009-present)

  • Attempt to map trajectories between popular/participatory culture and civic engagement
  • Contribute to work being conducted in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation’s work in Digital Media and Learning
  • Presented foundational case studies at the Digital Media and Learning conference in Spring 2010


Doctoral Student, in progress

Media, Culture and Community (Concentration:  Gothic horror)

University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Los Angeles, CA

BA in Biological Sciences, 2009

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Employment History

Associate Director, USC College Office of Admission (2009-present)

  • Analyze admission data, organize data collection and maintenance, and forecast enrollment
  • Facilitate Baccalaureate/MD program for the USC College, which combines undergraduate admission with entrance into medical school
  • Manage website content and oversee virtual communication efforts

Facilitator, Asian Pacific American Student Services (2009-present)

  • Work with “Critical Issues in Race, Class, Leadership, and Education,” to teach USC undergraduates about Asian American Issues
  • Oversaw weekly discussion sections and encouraged discussion
  • Provided outside context for assigned materials and ensured student comprehension

Senior Associate Director, USC Office of Undergraduate Admission (2005-2009)

  • Coordinate university-wide merit-based scholarship award process
  • Oversee alumni recruitment and manage alumni relations
  • Completed an internal study to reevaluate measures for academic assessment of applicants
  • Responsible for recruitment and review of freshman and transfer applicants

Other Experience

  • Involvement with USC’s Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis’ Pathfinder, a project to develop college-going skills
  • Volunteering with 826LA, a branch of 826 National, for three years to teach writing skills to youth. Projects include college essay workshops and sessions designed to increase the expression of creativity and voice.

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