CV

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PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
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


EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Theater Studies, doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies                                     University of California, Santa Barbara                                                                            2013

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


PUBLICATIONS
books:
What a Drag! Redefining Gender-Bending as Discourse and Practice, under contract, Indiana University Press.

refereed articles:
“Reproduction and the Feminist (Re)Conception of Womanbeing in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa.” Research in African Literatures, Forthcoming.

“Is She He?: Drag Discourses and Drag Logic in Online Media Reports of Gender Variance.” Feminist Media Studies vol. 16, no. 3 (2016): 445-459.

“Female-Femmeing: a Gender-Bent Performance Practice.” QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking vol. 2, no. 03 (2015): 1-23.

“Gender-Bending in El Teatro Campesino (1968–1980): A Mestiza Epistemology of Performance.” Gender & History vol. 24, no. 03 (2012): 766–781.

reviews:
Rev. of So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance, by Patrick Anderson. Theatre Research International vol. 37, no. 02 (2012):197–198.

work in progress:
“RuPaul Realness: The Politics of Realness in Popular Drag Werk.”

other writing:
“‘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


MEDIA APPEARANCES
“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.


COURSES TAUGHT
Feminist Theories
Introduction to Queer Studies
The Politics of (Media) Representation
The Intersexed Body in History
Sex, Love, and Romance
Women, Gender Identity, and Ethnicity
Cultural Representations of Reproduction and Science
Controversies in Cross-Dressing


CONFERENCE ACTIVITY
papers presented:

“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 (upcoming).

“Stormé DeLarverie, Stonewall, and the Stakes of Butch Identification.” Precarity. 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.

panels organized:
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 (upcoming).

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.

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