Miranda Ruth Larsen is a PhD Candidate at the University of Tokyo in the Information, Technology, and Society in Asia Program focusing on gender and the transcultural. She currently studies K-pop, affect, and fandom, specifically male K-pop idol groups, how they operate in Tokyo, and Japan’s position in the global K-pop system. Her wider academic and fannish media interests include anime, horror film, J-pop, K-pop, rhythm games, and visual kei.
Her published work includes “Fandom and Otaku” in A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (2018), “Fanservice: Gackt” in Media Keywords: Japan and Beyond (2020), and “‘Don’t Adjust Your Life to Mine.’ — Moon Child, Homoeroticism, and the Vampire as Multifaceted Other” in The Global Vampire in Popular Culture (2020), among others. She has discussed K-pop fandom at KCON LA as a Special Guest and appeared on the podcasts Fansplaining, Aca-Media, Reset, and Hello Hallyu. Her accessible work on K-pop and J-pop is available online at The Learned Fangirl and On/Offscreen; featured interviews with The Kraze, The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, and MIT Technology Review as available online as well.