Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College
Kara Keeling’s research has focused on African American cinema and media; theories of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema; critical theory; and cultural studies. Her book The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense (Duke University Press, 2007) explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, minority politics, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative organizations of social life. Keeling’s second monograph, Queer Times, Black Futures, will be published by New York University Press in the spring of 2019.
She is co-editor of a selection of writings by the late James A. Snead, European Racist Traces and Other Writings: Pedigrees/African Contagions, and has authored articles that have appeared in Qui Parle, The Black Scholar, and Women and Performance. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Studies and Feminist Media Studies, and is the editor of the Moving Image Review section of Gay and Lesbian Quarterly.
Keeling graduated with a PhD in critical and cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies Program in the Department of English. Most recently, she was an associate professor at the University of Southern California.