The Saucy Scholar brings together two of my most favorite things: critical analysis (academic class) with popular media/people/craziness (pop culture sass).
My name is Meredith Heller. I’m a Faculty Lecturer of Queer Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies at Northern Arizona University. I teach my students to critically think about, critically assess, and critically explain what the hell is going on under the surface of our social structures and cultural assumptions. And I do that by bringing in popular entertainment, news, and social media: Lady Gaga. Kardashian drama. Divergent. Miley Cyrus. Game of Thrones. Oh Game of Thrones.
I build transparency around how entertainment and popular culture promotes certain versions of normal life, good life, and ideal life. That’s what this blog is about. You get that, plus you get a salty dose of curse words.
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Meredith Heller is a Faculty Lecturer of Queer Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies at Northern Arizona University. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater Studies and a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in critical identity studies, queer theory, media, drag, and US popular culture. Her book manuscript, What a Drag: Redefining Gender-Bending as Discourse and Practice, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.