Dr. David Lavery earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, where his dissertation on the films of Federico Fellini earned him membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ), where he won the University's 2006 Distinguished Research Award. The author of over one hundred and fifty published essays, chapters, and reviews, he is author / co-author / editor / co-editor of over twenty books, including Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks, TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural, The Essential Cult Television Reader, The Essential Sopranos Reader, and Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers. The co-convener of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the work of Joss Whedon and on The Sopranos, co-founder of the Whedon Studies Association, and founding co-editor of the journals Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany), most recently a keynote address at a conference in Manchester, UK on Twin Peaks, and has been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, USA Today. From 2006-2008, he taught at Brunel University in London. He is currently working on two books: ... And Imagination Can See Them Again: Four Exercises in Barfieldian Poetics and a long-in-development work of fiction: Evil Genius: An Experiment in Fantastic Philosophy.