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Krista McQueeney, Ph.D.


Associate Professor and Chair


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


Dr. McQueeney’s research and teaching interests center on race/gender/sexuality, the mass media, and domestic violence. She has published several articles in academic journals about teaching domestic violence from an intersectional perspective and teaching about the social construction of terrorism in the media.

Dr. McQueeney is currently working on two research projects. First, she is writing a book based on her ethnographic research on lesbian and gay affirming Protestant congregations in the South. Her book focuses on how clergy and church members negotiated the apparent conflict between their sexuality and Christian faith. She found that church members’ strategies for “doing” Christian identity were shaped not only by the stigma against homosexuality, but also by their differential positions within systems of race and gender inequality. Second, Dr. McQueeney is co-authoring a book about the rise of “mean girls” in the mass media. From MTV’s Jersey Shore, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, TLC’s The Sisterhood, to ABC’s scripted Desperate Housewives, to dating shows like ABC’s The Bachelorette, it seems almost every television network has managed to capitalize on mean spirited banter and overall bad behavior by women. However, Bravo TV’s Real Housewives is best known for its catfights, gossip, and meanness. My colleague and I argue that while reality television has altered the historic underrepresentation of women on television, women are paradoxically using meanness to gain visibility in the media spotlight. Portrayals of female cattiness may allow women to participate, but they reinforce deeply ensconced stereotypes of women as preoccupied with the personal and trivial. As such, they undermine women’s credibility as leaders in a male-dominated society.


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