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.
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). She is currently at work on two book projects: Power Chords and Groupie Chicks: Gender and Rock (Oxford) and Making Their Debut: Teenage Girls and the Teen-Girl Entertainment Market, 1938-1966 (UT Press). With Professor Michael Kackman, she is editing The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice (Routledge). A conference based on that collection was held at Notre Dame in April 2014. 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," 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.