Frances McDonald received her doctorate from Duke University and holds a Master’s in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth-century American literature and film, critical theory, and digital humanities. Abiding scholarly interests include avant-garde literature and cinema, science fiction, horror, affect theory, media studies, visual culture, and the relation between theory and practice. Her current book project examines the relationship between representations of laughter in postwar American literature and film, and the “cracking up” of the subject in poststructuralist theory. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literature and The Atlantic, among other venues. She is also co-editor of thresholds, a digital journal for critical/creative scholarship.