Michael McDermott is a Ph.D. candidate at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University, within the discipline of Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies. In 2016, his undergraduate thesis on queerbaiting received the award for Best Thesis by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. For his doctoral research, he is examining the phenomenon of queerbaiting utilising data gathered from semi-structured interviews with media fans. His research interests include queer and feminist theory, fandom studies, celebrity studies and queer representation in popular media. His work has been published in the Journal of Fandom Studies and a forthcoming edited collection on queerbaiting published by University of Iowa Press.