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Bridget Kies

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532 O'Dowd Hall
[email protected]
Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Production

Bridget Kies (she/they) is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Production in the Department of English at Oakland University. From 2020-23, she also served on the executive committee of the Women and Gender Studies program, where she remains affiliated faculty. Her research examines masculinities and LGBTQ identities in film, television, and fan communities. With Megan Connor, she is co-editor of Fandom, the Next Generation (University of Iowa Press, 2022), the first academic study of transgenerational fan communities in the age of media reboots, revivals, and remakes. Prof. Kies’ independent research has been published in Television and New Media, VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, Feminist Media Histories, and other journals, as well as several scholarly collections. She has edited special issues of the journals Teaching Media, Participations, and Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture and currently serves as editor of the symposium section of Transformative Works and Cultures. Prof. Kies has recently completed a book manuscript about the enduring popularity of the television series Murder, She Wrote and is now working on a book about queer masculinities in 1980s American primetime television.

Prof. Kies welcomes inquiries from all LGBTIQA+ students, regardless of major, about academic and personal matters.

BA, French – Lake Forest College
MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts and Media – Columbia College Chicago
MA/PhD, Cinema, Media, and Digital Studies – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Areas of study

  • Gender, sexuality, and LGBTIQA studies
  • Audiences and fan studies
  • Film and media history
  • Television and digital media

Courses Taught

  • FLM 1150: Introduction to Film
  • FLM 2100: Film and Formal Analysis
  • FLM 2150: Methods of Screen Criticism
  • FLM 3230: History of Film: Into the 21st Century
  • FLM 3903/WGS 3900: Topics in Gender and Sexuality
  • FLM 4900: Advanced Topics in Film
  • FLM 4910: Study Abroad
  • WGS 3010: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Recent Publications

Editor, “Universal Design for Learning in the Media Studies Classroom,” special issue, Teaching Media 7.7 (2023).

“Queering the Course Design.” In “Universal Design for Learning in the Media Studies Classroom,” edited by Bridget Kies, Teaching Media 7.7 (2023).

Co-editor, Fandom, the Next Generation, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2022.

“‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Bros’: The Generational Politics of Reboot Culture.” In Fandom, the Next Generation, edited by Bridget Kies and Megan Connor, 9–19. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2022.

“It’s Not TV, It’s Mildred Pierce.” In Reframing Todd Haynes: Feminism’s Indelible Mark, edited by Theresa L. Geller and Julia Leyda, 243–255. Durham: Duke University Press, 2022.

“Remediating the Celebrity Roast: The Place of Mean Tweets on Late-Night Television.” Television & New Media 22.5 (2021): 516-528. 

“A Vicious Viewership: Transatlantic Television Audiences and LGBTQ Identities.”  View: Transformative Journal of Television (2020). 

“The Ex-Fan’s Place in Fan Studies.” Transformative Works and Cultures 28 (2018).  

“‘I Should Have Seen It Coming’: Spoiler Culture, Marathon Screenings, and Affective Responses to The Force Awakens.” In Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion, and Reception, edited by Richard McCulloch and William Proctor, 267–277. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2018.

“Television’s ‘Mr. Moms’: Idealizing the New Man in 1980s Domestic Sitcoms.” Feminist Media Histories 4.1 (2018): 142–170.

Department of English, Creative Writing and Film

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