Dru  Pagliassotti

Dru Pagliassotti, Ph.D.


"Dr. Dru" Pagliassotti is the chair of the Communication Department and teaches classes in news writing, copy editing, website design, and film theory; she also supervises student internships. Dr. Pagliassotti has co-taught several travel courses, including the art/communication course Imagining Venice, which took students to Venice and Florence in 2011 and 2013, and will again in 2018; and the history/communication course Faces of India, which took students to India in 2006. She also co-taught a course on the history, sociology, and creation of comics: ComicComm.

Dr. Pagliassotti's research interests involve the portrayal of gender and sexuality in popular culture. Her past research examined the development and growing popularity of boys' love (yaoi) manga in the West. More recently she published a chapter on the role of technology in steampunk romance and erotica for Steaming into a Victorian Future, and a chapter about female mad scientists in Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions. She currently has a manuscript under review that analyzes people's motives for reading yaoi, co-written with researchers in Hungary. Dr. Pagliassotti serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural and often reviews for the Journal of Graphic Novel and Comics.

Dr. Pagliassotti's interest in fiction and publishing arises from her own experience as the published author of four novels and a number of short stories. She was the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror, for 11.5 years, and The Harrow Press, a publisher of print horror anthologies, for seven years. Her past professional experience includes editorial work on print books, journals, and trade magazines; freelance website design; and serving as a content provider on roleplaying games for About.Com. Dr. Pagliassotti also holds a black belt in kempo.


M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California, Communication Theory & Research
Graduate certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Communication
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology




 "Loving the Love of Boys: Motives for Consuming Yaoi Media" by Ágnes Zsila; Dru Pagliassotti; Róbert Urbán; Gábor Orosz; Orsolya Király; Zsolt Demetrovics (Under Review).

“People Keep Giving Me Rings, but I Think a Small Death Ray Might Be More Practical”: Women and Mad Science in Steampunk Comics in Neo-Victorian Humour: The Rhetorics and Politics of Comedy, Irony and Parody, Kohlke, M.L. & Gutleben, C. (Eds.) Rodopi Press, 2017.

“Love and the Machine: Technology and Human Relationships in Steampunk Romance and Erotica” in Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology. Julie Anne Taddeo & Cynthia J. Miller (Eds.). Scarecrow Press, 2013.

 "Better than Romance? Japanese BL Manga and the Subgenre of Male/Male Romantic Fiction" in Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. Levi, McHarry & Pagliassotti (Eds.). McFarland Publishers, 2010.

GloBLisation and Hybridisation: Publishers’ Strategies for Bringing Boys’ Love to the United States. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 20. April 2009.

Reading Boys’ Love in the West
. Participations, 5(2). November 2008. Guest editor.

(Book Review) Gender and Community in the Social Construction of the Internet. Information, Communication, and Society, 6(2), 272-274. 2003.

On the Discursive Construction of Sex and Gender. Communication Research, 20(3), 472-493. June 1993.



Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire (EDGE, Sept. 2014).

Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind (EDGE, March 2014)

Clockwork Heart (revised, EDGE Sept. 2013)

An Agreement with Hell (Apex Book Company, 2011)

Clockwork Heart (Juno Books, 2008) RT Book Reviews’ 2008 Best Small Press Futuristic Novel. Translated into German (Das Mechanische Herz) and French (Icarus).

Short stories:

Divided Loyalties (Revenant, Winter 2015)

Ghost in the Machine (The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance, 2012)

Code of Blood (Corsets & Clockwork, May 2011)

After the Sleep (reprint, Alien Shots/Apex Book Company, January 2011)

Pan de Los Muertos (reprint, Dia de los Muertos, December 2010)

To Every Thing there is a Season (Apexology, August 2010)

Peter, Peter (reprint, The Three-Lobed Burning Eye Annual, v. 4, edited by Andrew S. Fuller, from Legion Press, November 2009)

The Manufactory (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, November 2009 — audio January 2010)

Terminus (w/Jo Gerrard; Magic & Mechanica, Ricasso Press, January 2009)

Bookmarked (Reflection’s Edge, October 2007). Honorable Mention, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (2008).

Night Shift (Worlds of Wonder, July 2007)

Changing the End (Anotherealm; July 2007)

Defender of the Faith (Reflection’s Edge, August 2006)

Strange Vintage (Fear of the Unknown, March 2005)

Joseph’s Plaint (Ideomancer, June 2004)

Peter, Peter (Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Summer 2003)

Pan de los Muertos (Strange Horizons, April 2003)

After the Sleep (Dark Fire, March 2003)

Analogues (Erratica, Spring 1997: reproduced on this site)


Mortis Operandi (2012) The Harrow Press

Day Terrors (2011) The Harrow Press

Midnight Lullabies (2007) The Harrow Press

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