Cael Keegan

Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies and Liberal Studies

Phone: 331-8216
Office: 212 Lake Ontario Hall


  • PhD, American Studies, University at Buffalo, 2010
  • MA American Studies, University at Buffalo, 2004
  • BA, English, St. Bonaventure University, 2001


  • LIB 201: Diversity in the United States
  • WGS 224: Intro to LGBTQ Studies
  • WGS 365: Queer Theory

Research Interests

Dr. Keegan's teaching and writing are concentrated on LGBTQ history, representation, and movement politics, with specializations in transgender studies and the popular moving image. He primarily writes about gendered representations in popular film and television, supported by research interests in queer/trans* theory and narrativity. His current project is a study of transgender aesthetics in American popular film, particularly the cultural impact and political relevance of Lana Wachowski's filmography.

Other Interests

Dr. Keegan sits on the editorial board of Genders, an academic journal that features writing about gender and sexuality in relation to culture, art, politics, and economy, published by the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a cat person.

Recent Publications

“California and the Queer Utopian Imagination”. The Cambridge History of the Literature of California. Ed. Blake Allmendinger. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 2014.               

“Media Spotlight Series”. Research assistant to authors Dallas Denny and Jamison Green. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. Ed. Laura Erickson-Schroth. Cambridge: Oxford UP. 2014.

“Queer Sensations: Postwar American Melodrama and the Crisis of Queer Juvenility”. Thymos: The Journal of Boyhood Studies. Vol. 7.2 (Fall 2013).

“Moving Bodies: Sympathetic Migrations in Transgender Narrativity”. Genders. Vol. 55. (Spring 2013).

“Household Remedies: New Narratives of Queer Containment in the Television Movie”. Journal of Lesbian Studies. 10.1-2 (Fall 2006): 107-23. (reprint 2013)

“Sexing the Terrorist: Tracing the National Body at Abu Ghraib”. NeoAmericanist 1.1. (Fall/Winter 2005).  


Kitty Cats