Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Liberal Studies
LIB 201: Diversity in the United States
LIB 325: LGBTQ Identities
WGS 224: Intro to LGBTQ Studies
WGS 200 Intro to Gender Studies
WGS 255 Gender and Popular Culture
WGS 365: Queer Theory
Dr. Keegan's research focuses on the analysis of queer and transgender media histories and aesthetics. Over the course of his career, he has published multiple articles on the circulation, reception, and politics of queer and transgender cinema, television, and photography. He will appear in the Vice Guide to Cinema's upcoming episode on "Trans Cinema."
His forthcoming book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender (University of Illinois Press) is the first to interrogate the directors’ filmography (Bound, The Matrix, Sense8) from a transgender studies perspective, and the first academic monograph to include an interview with Lana Wachowski. Keegan reads the Wachowskis’ films as an aesthetic history of transgender political consciousness as it has evolved discursively in popular media, analyzing how their image-making has influenced the techniques and style of global cinema production. The book investigates how, far from being a marginalized or subcultural phenomenon, trans* aesthetics are present and operating at the very center of 21st century global popular culture.
Dr. Keegan teaches courses in queer, transgender, and feminist theories, popular and visual cultures, American studies, and LGBTQ cultures/identities/histories. He is an incoming editor of Somatechnics, a multidisciplinary journal on critical theories/cultural studies of "the body."
Books Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender. U. of Illinois Press (under contract).
2017 “History, Disrupted: The Aesthetic Gentrification of Queer and Trans Cinema
After the Recession.” Social Alternatives 35.3 (Spring 2017): 50-6.
2016 “Revisitation: A Trans Phenomenology of the Media Image.” MedieKultur
61.1-5 (Fall 2016): 26-41.
2016 “On Being the Object of Compromise.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 3.1-2
(Spring 2016): 150-7.
2016 “Emptying the Future: Queer Melodramatics and Negative Utopia on Buffy the
Vampire Slayer.” Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture 1.1.
(Jan. 2016): 9-22.
2013 “Queer Sensations: Postwar American Melodrama and the Crisis of Queer
Juvenility," Thymos 7.2 (Fall 2013): 115-29.
2013 “Moving Bodies: Sympathetic Migrations in Transgender
Narrativity," Genders 55 (Spring 2013). Electronic publication.
2017 Co-authored with T. Raun. “Nothing to Hide: Selfies, Sex, and the Visibility
Dilemma in Trans Male Online Cultures.” In Sex in the Digital Age. Eds.
Paul G. Nixon and Isabel K. Dusterhoft. (New York: Routledge, 2017), 89-100.
2015 “California and the Queer Utopian Imagination." In A History of California
Literature. Ed. Blake Allmendinger (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015), 327-42.
Scholarly Reviews and Roundtables
2017 “Sense8 Roundtable.” With Moya Bailey, micha cárdenas, Laura Horak,
Lokeilani Kaimana, Genevieve Newman, Roxanne Samer, Raffi Sarkissian.
Spectator 37.2 (Fall 2017): 74-88.
2016 “Tongues Without Bodies: The Wachowskis’ Sense8.” Transgender Studies
Quarterly 3.3-4 (Fall 2016). 605-10.
2015 “Looking Transparent.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 16.2 (May 2015):
2018 “Here All Along: What’s Trans* About Queer Studies Now?” Journal of
Homosexuality. Special Issue: ““25 Years On: The State and
Continuing Development of LGBTQ Studies Programs” (accepted).
Guest Editing for Scholarly Journals
2018 Co-edited with L. Horak and E. Steinbock. Somatechnics. Special Issue:
“Cinematic Bodies.” Vol. 8.1. May 2018.
2016 “Junk Politics: The Representational Economy of Trans Male Genitalia.”
In Below the Belt: Genital Talk by Men of Trans Experience. Ed.
Trystan T. Cotten. Transgress Press, 2016. 1-13.
PhD, American Studies, University at Buffalo