Kyle Christensen


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Kyle Christensen joined the Department of Communication as a PhD student in 2014. Along with his interests in both media and rhetoric, Christensen is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. He aims to create scholarship that can provide critical insights into how gender/sexual identity may be both constrained and reimagined through film (especially the horror genre) and media technology.

Christensen's current work is concerned with theories of faciality, and how human and monstrous faces in film may serve as sites through which gender is performed and distorted. Recent projects have also examined how home viewing technology affect audiences' exposure to alternative gender narratives, and how memories of genre texts from the past are produced and filtered through current mnemonic media.


MA, Communication (with Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies), Northern Illinois University, August 2011
BA, Communication Studies (magna cum laude), Monmouth College, May 2009


Teaching Assistantship Appointments

COMM 2381: Oral Communication, Department of Communication at the University of Memphis, August 2014-Present

COMS 100: Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, August 2009-May 2011

Other Teaching Appointments

SPEC 101: Principles of Speech Communication, Department of Communication and Fine Arts at Black Hawk College, January-July 2014

SPC 112: Public Speaking, Department of Business Administration and Speech at Scott Community College, March-May 2013

SPE 120: Introduction to Public Speaking, Department of Humanities and Fine Arts at Carl Sandburg College, August 2012-May 2014

COMM 1010: Fundamentals of Communication, Department of Communication Studies at Monmouth College, August 2011-May 2014

Honors and Awards

Top Paper Panelist in the Gender Studies Division of the Southern States Communication Association Convention, April 2016

Top Graduate Student Paper at the Tennessee Communication Association Annual Conference, September 2015

Research Award (Graduate Student) from the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis, May 2015

Paul K. Crawford Award for Outstanding Graduate Student from the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, April 2012


Gender in Media, Film, and Horror Narratives
Feminist and Queer Theory
Cultural Constructions of the Body and Faciality



Christensen, Kyle. "'Look What You Did to Me!': (Anti)Feminism and Extratextuality in the Remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)." Journal of Film and Video 68.2 (2016): 29-45. Print.

Christensen, Kyle. "The Final Girl versus Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street: Proposing a Stronger Model of Feminism in Slasher Horror Cinema." Studies in Popular Culture 34.1 (2011): 23-47. Print.

Book Chapters

Christensen, Kyle. "'Amelia' and Trilogy of Terror: Mother-Daughter Identification and the Oscillation of the Abject-Matrophobic." Reading Richard Matheson: A Critical Survey. Eds. Cheyenne Mathews and Janet V. Haedicke. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 129-42. Print.


COMM 2381: Oral Communication