Casey Brienza joined City University London as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Publishing and Digital Media in March 2013. She holds a first degree from Mount Holyoke College, an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. A book based upon her doctoral thesis, titled Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2016.
For the past several years, Casey's research has progressed along two parallel streams. The first of these is an investigation of the social organization and transnational influence of the culture industries, using manga publishing in the United States as a case study. The second stream has related to the digital technologies of publishing and reading which have emerged at the beginning of the 21st century. Specifically, she is interested in why precisely these new media have risen to prominence at the time that they did, how they are and will likely be used, and who benefits as a consequence. Her peer-reviewed articles are published in journals such as International Journal of Cultural Policy, Sociology Compass, Journal of Popular Culture, Publishing Research Quarterly, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Studies in Comics, and Logos.
One of the most well-known manga experts in the United States, Casey has also worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, and critic in this context. Since 2005, she has published over a thousand professional writings with Anime Insider, Otaku USA, Protoculture Addicts, Anime News Network, Graphic Novel Reporter, among others.