a journal of women's and gender studies

volume one, june 2010

editor: Suzanne Moshier


Erica L. Wright



Erica L. Wright was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Majoring in English with a film studies emphasis and minoring in women’s and gender studies, she earned her B.A. degree in 2007 from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.  In 2010 she completed a master’s degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Her major field was forensic science with a behavioral science emphasis.  As an undergraduate she received  a Regents Scholarship, UCARE grants, and was recognized for the excellence of her paper, Carnage and Carnality, with the Karen Dunning Award for Best Scholarly/Creative Activity in 2007.  In 2008 she was selected by the Lincoln, Nebraska, organization, Voices of Hope, for the Elizabeth Kurtz Award for victim advocacy and crisis counseling services. 

On the origin of Carnage and Carnality: Gender and Corporeality in the Modern Horror Film, Wright saysthat it “was born of my obsessive interest in modern horror films and their peculiar mixture of intense concern with social justice issues and the portrayal of deviant and criminal sexuality—picquerism in particular.”  She anticipates future work in the area of threat assessment and criminal sexuality with a focus on perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes.  A distinctive feature of her approach to this research will be the use of multidisciplinary tools and perspectives.  Already she has identified utility in combining insights from criminal profiling, feminist  views on threat assessment regarding sexual violence and stalking, film theory, semiotics, and anthropology.  Her favorite authors include Thomas Ligotti, David  Wong, H.P. Lovecraft, Jane Austen, Stieg Larsson, Jeff Lindsay, Stephen King, Bentley Little, Carol Clover, Carol J. Adams, Catharine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin, Roy Hazelwood, J. Reid Meloy, Park Dietz, and C.S. Lewis.  The music she enjoys includes AFI, Muse, Ludo, The Ramones, My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Chevelle, Avenged Sevenfold, Chopin.  Her favorite animals are cats and spiders, and she likes any plant, but especially water lilies, Gerber daisies, roses, and corpse flowers.