Journal of Culture & Retail Image

: a publication of Drexel University's Design & Merchandising Program in conjunction with Drexel University Libraries :



Current Issue




Content Editor

Joseph Hancock, PhD.
Associate Professor

Dr. Joseph "Joe" Hancock teaches, publishes and conducts scholarly activities at Drexel University in the Department of Design. He a has twenty-year retailing background having worked for The Gap Corporation, The Limited, Inc., the Target Corporation and continues to do publishing and merchandising consulting work on an international level.

Joe earned his PhD from the Ohio State University focusing his research in popular culture as it relates to transnational mass fashion garments and world dress, aspirational fashion branding and experiential retailing, as well as men’s fashion and lifestyles.

He released his book Brand/Story: Ralph, Vera, Johnny, Billy and Other Adventures in Fashion Branding (2009) that was published by Fairchild Publications. And has just completed his new edited book Fashion in Popular Culture (2013) with Intellect Publishing through The University of Chicago Press. Dr. Hancock is the principal editor of the new peer-reviewed journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Intellect Publishers) and his latest book is Global Fashion Brands: Style, Luxury and History (Intellect 2014).


Production Editor, Volumes 5-6

Tom Ipri
Media Arts and Design Librarian

Tom Ipri is the Liaison Librarian to the Anoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University Libraries. Among various duties, he develops and manages the libraries’ collaborative relationships with the departments and programs of the college, including development of library collections, provision of specialized reference, instruction, and consultative services.

Tom earned his Master of Science in Information and Library Science from Drexel University and his Bachelor of Arts in English from La Salle University.


Copy Editor, Volume 6

Nissa Lee

Nissa Lee teaches in the English departments at Rowan University and Rutgers University – Camden, where she earned her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing, respectively. She works with high school students through Rutgers programs such as Aim High Academy and Rutgers Early College Humanities (REaCH). She has also served as a judge for the Walt Whitman Association's High School Poetry Contest in 2012 and 2013. Her own poetry is published in Stirring: A Literary Collection, Mason's Road, The Raleigh Review, Philadelphia Stories, and elsewhere. Currently, her research is focused on portrayals of women and the environment in geek and pop cultures.





Founding Editors

Joseph Hancock, PhD.

see Editors for bio

Ann Keith Kennedy

Ann Keith Kennedy received her MLIS from Drexel University in 2003 and worked at Drexel University Libraries from 2004 to 2011. Prior to becoming a librarian, she worked as an architect in Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Minneapolis after earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas in 1990. As an architect, she has worked for firms such as HOK Sport and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. She also completed a MS in Arts Administration in June 2010.

Ann Keith has taught English in Nishinomiya Japan with the JET program and also worked in the visual display department of Hall's department store in Kansas City, Missouri.


Guest Editor, Volume 5

Catherine Byers

Assistant Teaching Professor,
Fashion, Product Design & Merchandising

Catherine Byers began her career as a journalist in Washington, DC, covering American politics and lifestyle for Maclean’s, a Canadian weekly magazine. She transitioned into marketing communications and event planning and was the Marketing Director for Dansko Euro-comfort shoes for eight years before joining Drexel University in 2007. Catherine has extensive experience in brand management, media buying and trade show production.

She supervises the editorial content of d&m magazine, produced annually by a dozen Design & Merchandising and Photography students. She also produces the annual Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fashion show with a student-led production team. Catherine teaches in both the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs. She teaches the seminar in which students research and write the papers presented in this issue of the Journal of Culture & Retail Image.

Catherine has published in Maclean’s magazine and in the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect).

Liaison Librarian, Volume 7

Shannon Marie Robinson

Shannon Marie Robinson is the Liaison Librarian to the Anoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. She earned her MFA in Fibers and Fabrics from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MLIS from Drexel University. Her research interests include the information needs of visual and performing artists and designers, research-based art practices, and Outsider Art or Art Brut.

Student Editor, Volume 7

Haley Peckman

Haley Peckman is a current Junior in the LeBow College of Business. She is majoring in Marketing and also pursuing a Retail Minor and a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility. She will begin her third co-op this spring at the IKEA US Service Office in their Marketing Department. Haley has also completed co-ops at Destination Maternity in the Store Operations Department and IKEA US’ Corporate Communications Department. She hopes to spend her career making retail a more responsible and sustainable industry.

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