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School of Education & Social Policy

Krista McQueeney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., English, Wellesley College


Krista McQueeney’s research and teaching interests center on intersectionality, the mass media, and domestic violence. She has published articles in academic journals such as Social Problems, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, the Journal of Prison Education and Reentry and Violence Against Women.

McQueeney is working on an edited volume, “Transforming the Discourse of Mean Girls,” with Alicia Malone. From media images of “mean girls” to the disproportionate punishment of African-American, Latina and/or queer girls in schools and the justice system, female aggression has become a public concern. Scholars, educators, policymakers and parents are scrambling to respond to the perceived upsurge in girls’ bullying, peer pressure and aggression/violence. “Transforming the Discourse of Mean Girls” examines how intersecting social identities, e.g., race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and others, shape media representations of, and criminal justice reactions to, female aggression.

The book focuses on three overarching questions: How do race, class and/or sexuality influence media images of female aggression? How do aggressive girls’ intersecting identities affect law enforcement and criminal justice responses to their aggression? and How are diverse groups of girls trying to resist their labeling and criminalization?

Using intersectionality as a conceptual framework, we deconstruct a unitary analysis of “female aggression” and transform the mainstream discourse that paints girls as inherently “mean.”


Austin 213


  • (CRM1000) Introduction to Criminology
  • (CRM 3500) Domestic Violence
  • (CRM2600) Policy and Prevention