Melinda Stang is a Ph.D. student in American Studies and Film & Media. Her research interests are haunted house attractions and other horror-themed immersive environments. In 2018, Melinda earned an M.A. in Cinema & Media Studies along with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. She also holds a B.A. with High Honors and Distinction in both History of Art and History from the University of Michigan. In the time between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Melinda worked in art installation, collection management, and gallery education for institutions such as the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Motown Museum, and the University of Michigan Health System’s public arts program.