Monica Ganas is a professor and 30-year-veteran of the entertainment industry, performing principally in satirical comedy as an actor, writer, and occasional producer/director. Her areas of scholarship, publication, and teaching are popular culture, film, television, and other media, as well as theater, community development, and communication for social change. The wife of a Lutheran pastor, Ganas is also co-director of the Azusa Renaissance Project, a grassroots movement to restore arts in Azusa through workshops and performance venues. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and Chairs the California Culture area of the Regional Popular Culture Association. Her book, Under the Influence: California's Intoxicating Spiritual and Cultural Impact on America, was published by Brazos in 2010. She holds degrees from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.