I research race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in pop culture, focusing on masculinity and Jewish identity. For example, think of Drake, Zac Efron, or Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's" masculine" comedy in Broad City.
Masculinity, Race & Jewish Stardom. Will submit proposal to Oxford, NYU, Rutgers, Texas, and Indiana University Presses, summer 2020.
Academic Articles & Conference Panels
Please see CV.
Intro to Gender Studies
Intro to Film & Media Studies
Masculinity, Race & Nation
Women in Hollywood Film
TV News Satire
TV's New Jews
Racial & Gender "Passing" Onscreen
Student Films: My students create "oppositional media" to apply class concepts, challenge inequality, and join today's web media conversation. Their films are clever, fun, and certified click-worthy:
Imitation of White: Departing from "passing" films like Imitation of Life and White Chicks, this group created a racial passing tale that never villainizes its passing protagonist, nor credits any white saviors with her success.
Fistful of Dining Dollars: This group researched the Western genre, then flipped its conventions with a more racially diverse ensemble, an agentic woman, and a resolution that defuses macho violence.
In 2013, I co-founded a holistic sex-ed and rape-prevention program at the Ohio State University with my colleague MacRorie Dean. The program now serves 2,000 students per year in Greek chapters, first-year orientations, and classrooms. This program destigmatizes sex and makes sex-ed a great time (yes, really!) by using the feminist pedagogy of laughter. See my TEDx Talk for more.
School Library Journal: "This inclusive and respectful guide should be part of all curricula about family, gender and sexuality."
21 translated editions include Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian.
I wrote "You Be You!" to make feminist education more accessible beyond the classroom. This illustrated children's book makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain for ages 7 and up. It also covers privilege, discrimination, intersectionality, and allyship.