Mary Celeste Kearney

Associate Professor
Concurrent Faculty, Gender Studies; Concurrent Faculty, American Studies


History, Theory, and Criticism

Research Interests

film, television, popular music, gender, youth, identity, cultural studies


Professor Kearney’s research focuses primarily on gender, youth, and media culture. 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, the Journal for Children and Media, and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. 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. 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, 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.

Representative Publications, Performances, and Creative Works

Co-editor: Special IGSA@ND issue of Girlhood Studies (Berghahn, 2021, with Angeletta KM Gourdine and Shauna Pomerantz)

Author: Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006).

Author: Gender and Rock (Oxford, 2017).

Editor: The Gender and Media Reader (Routledge, 2011).

Editor: Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls' Media Culture, vols. 1 & 2 (Peter Lang, 2011 & 2018, with Morgan Blue).

Co-editor: The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice (Routledge, 2018, with Michael Kackman).


Phone: 574-631-1654
Office: 230F DeBartolo Performing Arts Center