The Podcast

“It’s a Thing!” is a podcast that introduces new and historically significant work in the field of fan studies to all comers. It features accessible interviews with established and up-and-coming fan studies scholars, as well as fan studies-adjacent journalists, critics, writers and fans, in hope of demonstrating that fan studies is indeed a thing.

The Host

Lori (Hitchcock) Morimoto is an independent researcher specializing in transnational and transcultural media and fandoms. Her work can be found in Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, Second EditionA Companion to Media Fandom and Fan StudiesThe Routledge Companion to Media FandomTransatlantic Television Drama, and Becoming: Genre, Queerness, and Transformation in NBC’s Hannibal, among others. She has also published in ParticipationsTransformative Works and CulturesEast Asian Journal of Popular Culture, and she has an essay forthcoming in Mechademia: Second Arc.

Since 2014, Lori has been active in trying to bridge the gaps between fan studies, fans, and the wider world through such projects as The Fan Meta Reader, Fan Studies for Fans (now available as an affordable pdf!) and, now, “It’s a Thing!”

Lori lived in Hong Kong for a total of seven years, Japan for nine years, and today lives – not entirely by choice – in Northern Virginia. In addition to writing, she is a lapsed vidder/videographic critic, mother of two, wife of one, sabbatical lecturer at the University of Virginia, and an annoyingly evangelical fan of the TV series Hannibal. Brooklyn Nine Nine is her Happy Place.

You can find Lori on Twitter at @acafanmom


The “It’s a Thing!” theme is “Neck Pillow,” by Silent Partner on 1HMNC – No Copyright Music

“It’s a Thing!” is released under a CC-BY-SA-4.0 license

The podcast Fansplaining, hosted by Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish Klink, has been my inspiration and go-to for all things podcasting, and this show owes them a huge debt of gratitude for all the work they do!