Journal of Culture & Retail Image

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



Current Issue



Guest Editor

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).



Joseph Hancock, PhD.

Associate Professor

Dr. Joseph "Joe" Hancock has a 20 year management, retailing and product merchandising background having worked for such U.S. companies as The Gap, Limited, Inc and Target Corporation. He has taught courses related to fashion brands, retail management, retail merchandising and retail buying at Ohio State University, Ohio University, and Oregon State University and is currently at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Joe conducts research and lectures internationally in the areas of fashion branding, product merchandising, popular culture and contemporary men’s style. He is the Vice-President for Area Chairs for the Popular/American Culture Associations, as well as Area Chair for their Professional Development Area and Co-Chair for their Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption, & Design Area. Joe has published articles in the journals Fashion Practice, Journal of American Culture, and has authored the book Brand/Story: Ralph, Vera, Johnny, Billy & Other Adventures in Fashion Branding. He is currently working on new publications for Berg Publishers, John-Wiley Blackwell and Fairchild Publications.


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.

Professionally, Tom has published in the Journal of Web Librarianship, New Library World, College & Research Libraries News, Computers in Libraries, and Information Technology and Libraries. He has presented at several Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences, at American Library Association conferences, and at a variety of workshops. He also reviews films for Educational Media Reviews Online.





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.


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