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, Girlhood Studies
Professor Kearney’s research focuses 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 second volume of Mediated Girlhoods (Peter Lang) and The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice (Routledge). She is currently completing research for her second monograph on the first wave of U.S. teen-girl media for the University of Texas Press. Professor Kearney’s essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Cultural Studies, Feminist Formations, Feminist Media Studies, and the Journal for Children and Media. 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 the academic editor for the book series Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Media, as well as an editorial board member for Girls Studies, The Velvet Light Trap, Media and Communication, and the International Journal of Learning and Media. 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.