Katlin Marisol Sweeney-Romero is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at The Ohio State University who specializes in Latinx studies and popular culture. Her research interests include prison media, DIY culture, comics and zines by women of color and media portrayals of Central Americans in the U.S. She is at work on her dissertation, which explores how Latina content creators use social media accounts to produce self-images and an online self that are distinct from how Latinas have been portrayed in legacy media. Her work can be found in TikTok Cultures in the United States (Routledge, 2022), Latinx TV in the Twenty-First Century (U of Arizona P, 2022), The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies (Routledge, 2020), and Cultural Studies in the Digital Age (Hyperbole Books, an imprint of SDSU Press, 2020).
Katlin has presented at a number of conferences, including the Popular Culture Association Conference, the Michigan State University Comics Forum, the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference, the National Association For Chicana and Chicano Scholars (NACCS) Conference, the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference, the Hispanic & Lusophone Studies Symposium and the Will Eisner Week Scholarly Symposium. She has also participated in a number of comics festivals and pop culture programs, including Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), the PopMeC Roundtable Series, The Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival (BCAF), and Mid City Micro-Con.
She is presently the Co-Coordinator of Programming & Marketing Support with The Latinx Comic Arts Festival and a Member-at-Large of the Graduate Student Caucus of the Comics Studies Society. From 2019-2021, she was the Central Coordinator of SOL-CON: The Brown, Black, and Indigenous Comix Expo and an Executive Team Leader with the Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER), both at Ohio State.