Mary Celeste Kearney – Director, Gender Studies Program
Mary Celeste Kearney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, as well as Concurrent Faculty in the Gender Studies Program. Her research and teaching focus primarily on gender, youth, and media culture. She is author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006), as well as editor of Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls' Media Culture(Peter Lang, 2011) and The Gender and Media Reader (Routledge, 2011). Professor Kearney is currently at work on two book projects: Power Chords and Groupie Chicks: Gender in Rock Culture (Oxford), and Making Their Debut: Teenage Girls and the Teen-Girl Entertainment Market, 1938-1966 (UT Press). She is also co-editing The Craft of Criticism: Cultural Media Studies in Practice (Routledge), as well as the second volume of Mediated Girlhoods(Peter Lang). Her essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Continuum, Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Journal for Children and Media, and the NWSA Journal. Professor Kearney is a Console-ing Passions board member, a Mediagirls adviser, and Founding Director of Cinemakids, a program for inspiring young media producers. She is also an editorial board member for the International Journal of Learning and Media, Girls Studies Journal and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Cinema Journal.
Pamela Wynne Butler - Visiting Associate Director, Gender Studies Program
Pamela Wynne Butler is Visiting Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Gender Studies Program. Dr. Butler's research uses critical-race and transnational feminist critique to understand popular and public cultures in the United States. Her areas of expertise include post/feminist pop culture; U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist political economy; and the carceral state. Her current book project, The Secret History of American Knitting: Entanglements of Race, Sex, and Empire, is a genealogical political history of hand-knitting in the United States since the mid-19th century, focused on the ways in which domestic handcrafts have produced diverse racial and sexual subjectivities through such sites as the home, the prison, the museum, and the global economy. Her work has been published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and in the collection Queer Twin Cities. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Butler is a master knitter, a member of the National Needle Arts Association, and an internationally renowned designer of hand-knitting patterns.