Melissa Deem
Melissa Deem
Melissa Deem
Department Affiliate, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Melissa Deem

Melissa Deem is a cultural theorist whose research is concerned with minoritarian politics and the complex manner in which markers such as gender, race, class and sexuality function within U.S. public culture. She is especially interested in studying moments of political “failure” and eventfulness that do not often register in the popular imaginary or academic scholarship.  Melissa’s areas of expertise include Feminist Media and Cultural Studies, U.S. Feminisms, Feminist Historiography, Public Sphere, and Rhetoric. She is currently completing a manuscript titled, Spectacular Feminisms: Public Intimacies, Second Wave Memories and Feminist Futures. Recently, she has edited (with Christopher Kamrath) a special issue of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies concerned with intimacy, sentimentality and public culture focused on the work of Lauren Berlant. Melissa Deem has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from the University of Illinois. 

Fall 2016

Millennial Feminism
Media Spectacles, Scandalous Citizens and Democratic Possibilities

Spring 2016

Media Spectacles, Scandalous Citizens and Democratic Possibilities

Fall 2015

Feminist Media Studies /Media Representations of Feminism

Fall 2014

Feminist Media Studies / Media Representations of Feminism

Spring 2014

Feminist Media Studies /Media Representations of Feminism

Biography

Melissa Deem is a cultural theorist whose research is concerned with minoritarian politics and the complex manner in which markers such as gender, race, class and sexuality function within U.S. public culture. She is especially interested in studying moments of political “failure” and eventfulness that do not often register in the popular imaginary or academic scholarship.  Melissa’s areas of expertise include Feminist Media and Cultural Studies, U.S. Feminisms, Feminist Historiography, Public Sphere, and Rhetoric. She is currently completing a manuscript titled, Spectacular Feminisms: Public Intimacies, Second Wave Memories and Feminist Futures. Recently, she has edited (with Christopher Kamrath) a special issue of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies concerned with intimacy, sentimentality and public culture focused on the work of Lauren Berlant. Melissa Deem has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from the University of Illinois. 

Selected Publications

Courses

Fall 2016

Millennial Feminism
Media Spectacles, Scandalous Citizens and Democratic Possibilities

Spring 2016

Media Spectacles, Scandalous Citizens and Democratic Possibilities

Fall 2015

Feminist Media Studies /Media Representations of Feminism

Fall 2014

Feminist Media Studies / Media Representations of Feminism

Spring 2014

Feminist Media Studies /Media Representations of Feminism