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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


Dr. 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 ProblemsJournal of Contemporary EthnographyJournal of Prison Education and Reentry, and Violence against Women.

Dr. McQueeney is currently working on an edited volume called Transforming the Discourse of Mean Girls with Dr. Alicia Malone. From media images of “mean girls” to the disproportionate punishment of Black, 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. Our book focuses on three overarching questions: (1) How do race, class, and/or sexuality influence media images of female aggression? (2) How do aggressive girls’ intersecting identities affect law enforcement and criminal justice responses to their aggression? and (3) 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.”


  • CRM1000 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRM 3500 Domestic Violence
  • CRM2600 Policy & Prevention
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