Eli Boonin-Vail is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies who specializes in classical Hollywood, prison representation, feminist film theory, and comic book studies. He previously earned bachelor’s degrees in Film, History, and Gender Studies at Brandeis University and completed a master’s degree in film studies at the University of Iowa’s department of cinematic arts. While a master’s student at Iowa, Eli presented work at the Society for Animation Studies annual conference, The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, The University of Toronto Center for Film Studies, and the Society for Cinema and Media annual conference. He has published in Animation Studies and has work forthcoming in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society. His work is occasionally videographic.