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Cael Keegan

Assistant Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Liberal Studies

Phone: 331-8216
Office: 212 Lake Ontario Hall
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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." 

Recent publications: 

Books  Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender. U. of Illinois Press (under contract).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

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.

Book Chapters

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
. 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 
 3.3-4 (Fall 2016). 605-10.
2015    “Looking Transparent.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 16.2 (May 2015):

Forthcoming Publications

2018    “Here All Along: What’s Trans* About Queer Studies Now?” Journal of
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. 

Public Scholarship

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