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 and Department of American Studies.   Her research and teaching focus primarily on gender, youth, and media culture.  She is author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006) and Gender and Rock (Oxford, 2017); editor of The Gender and Media Reader (Routledge, 2011) and Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture (Peter Lang, 2011); and co-editor of The Craft of Criticism: Cultural Media Studies in Practice (Routledge, 2018), and the second volume of Mediated Girlhoods (Peter Lang, 2018). Professor Kearney is currently completing her second monograph, Designing Teen-Girl Media: Essays on the First Wave for UT Press. Her essays have appeared in Camera ObscuraContinuum, Cultural StudiesFeminist Formations, Feminist Media StudiesJournal for Children and Media, and Wide Angle, as well as numerous academic collections.  Professor Kearney is the book series editor for Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Media, as well as an editorial board member for Girls StudiesInternational Journal of Learning and Media, and Velvet Light Trap. She serves on the executive boards of Console-ing Passions and the International Girls Studies Association, and helped to found Girls Rock Michiana, a program hosted by The Music Village and devoted to inspiring girls' creativity, confidence, and collaboration via music.   

Pamela Wynne Butler - Associate Director, Gender Studies Program

Pamela Wynne Butler is 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 other areas of expertise include: U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist political economy; reproductive politics; 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 research, Dr. Butler is a master knitter and a designer whose creative work has been, since 2008, at the forefront of transforming the hand-knitting industry’s approach to gender, bodies, and sizing. Her designs have been featured in major international publications including Knitting Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac: The Commemorative Edition. Her most recent collection of designs is Handsome: Man Sweaters for Every Body.


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