Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies Program 2014–
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Adjunct Instructor; Teaching Associate, Dept of Feminist Studies 2011–2014
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Master of Arts in Theatre Arts
California State University, Sacramento 2006
Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies
Pacific Lutheran University 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Pacific Lutheran University 2004
What a Drag! Redefining Discourse on Gender-Bending, under contract, Indiana University Press.
“Reproduction and the Feminist (Re)Conception of Womanbeing in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa.” Research in African Literatures. Forthcoming.
Rev. of Feeling Normal: Sexuality and Media Criticism in the Digital Age, by F. Hollis Griffin. Feminist Media Studies. Forthcoming.
work under consideration and in progress:
“RuPaul Realness: The Polemical Effects of a Refigured Drag Realness Discourse”
“‘Camptopias’: Alternative Summer Camps as Utopian Space/Revolutionary Training Ground (co-authored with Ryan Bowles Eagle)
“‘Riots’ is Racist.” Lawyers, Guns & Money. November 26, 2014. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/11/guest-post-riots-racist
The Saucy Scholar, academic blog on gender and popular culture… but you already knew that. https://meredithheller.wordpress.com
“Revolutionary Words: Professors Pick Most Culturally Influential Books.” The Lumberjack (newspaper). Northern Arizona University, April 8, 2016.
Guest Commentator, “Drag Queen Asks: Is Drag Degrading to Women?”
AirTalk, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), Los Angeles, CA, February 18, 2015.
Feminist Media Studies
Introduction to Queer Studies
Advanced Reading in Queer Studies: Sex, Love, and Romance
The Politics of Representation
The Intersexed Body in History
Women, Gender Identity, and Ethnicity
Cultural Representations of Reproduction and Science
Controversies in Cross-Dressing (graduate course)
“Camp OUTdoors: Utopian Space Creation and Revolutionary Vision of LGBTQ Youth Summer Camps.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, November 8-11, 2018 (upcoming).
“The Politics of Realness in Contemporary Drag Werk.” Body and Culture Area. The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. San Diego, CA. April 12–15, 2017.
“Stormé DeLarverie, Stonewall, and the Stakes of Butch Identification.” National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukie, Wisconsin. November 12-15, 2015.
“Is She Really a He?: Tracing Drag Logic in Media Accounts of Gender Variance.” Gender and Media Area. The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Chicago, IL. April 16–19, 2014.
“Production and Reproduction: Aidoo’s Anowa and the Reconception of Womanbeing.” Gender, Creative Dissidence, and the Discourses of African Diaspora, UCSB, May 24–26, 2012.
“From Masculine Illusion to Mannish Woman: How Successful Male Impersonators Traded on Emerging Identities of Homosexuality and Respectability.” Trading (on) Minority Stock working group. American Society for Theatre Research, Montreal, CA. November 17–20, 2011.
“Scripted Roles vs. Gender-Bending Performance: Exploring Chicana Positionality in the Casting Practices of El Teatro Campesino.” Racial Casting: Enacting Race across Media. Association for Theatre in Higher Education Los Angeles, CA. August 3–6, 2010.
Co-Organizer, “Keeping it Real: Representations of Authenticity in Popular Culture.” Body and Culture Area. The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. San Diego, CA. April 12–15, 2017.
Co-Organizer, “Out[ed] as Activist: Intersectionality and the Asymmetrical Stakes of Visibility.” Precarity. National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukie, Wisconsin. November 12-15, 2015.
Co-Organizer and Facilitator, “Teaching Against the ‘Posts’: Feminist Media Pedagogy for the ‘Postfeminist,’ ‘Post-racial’ Moment.” Rebooting Feminism. Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism. Dublin, Ireland. June 18–20, 2015.