2001 Semantic Leaps: Frame-shifting and Conceptual Blending in Meaning Construction. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
2007 The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture. New York: New York University Press.
2008 The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity. Durham: Duke University Press.
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2003 Silence, Sports Bras, And Wrestling Porn : Women in Televised Sports News and Highlights Shows. Journal of Sport and Social Issues 27:38-51.
2005 Is RAW War?: Professional Wrestling as Popular S/M Narrative. In Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling. Nicholas Sammond, ed. Durham: Duke University Press.
2001 Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess. Film Quarterly 44(4):2-13.