Mary Celeste Kearney
Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre
Director, GeNDer Studies Program
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Areas of specialization: film, television, and popular music analysis, gender studies, youth studies, cultural studies
Classes: Critical Approaches to Television, Feminist Television Criticism, Gender and Rock Culture, Girls' Media and Cultural Studies, Media and Identity, Women and Media Culture, Queer Media Studies
Professor Kearney’s research focuses primarily on gender, youth, and media culture. She is author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006), as well as editor of The Gender and Media Reader (Routledge, 2011) and Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls' Media Culture (Peter Lang, 2011). Her most recent book, Gender and Rock, was published in August 2017 by Oxford University Press. She is currently completing research for her second monograph, From Nancy Drew to Gidget: The First Wave of Teen Girl Media (UT Press). In addition, she is co-editing The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice (Routledge) with Professor Michael Kackman, and the second volume of Mediated Girlhoods (Peter Lang) with Morgan Blue. Professor Kearney’s essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Journal for Children and Media, and the NWSA Journal. Her essay, "Sparkle: Luminosity and Post-Girl Power Media," (Continuum 29.2) won the 2016 Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. See the second video below for a shorter version of this essay.
Professor Kearney is a Console-ing Passions board member 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: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Cinema Journal. Professor Kearney is also the editor for a new book series: Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Media.