PHD GRADUATE STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Kyle Christensen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. As a student of media, his work examines representations of gender and age in film and media through feminist, queer, and psychoanalytic lenses. He is particularly interested in the horror genre, and his current research is concerned with orality and depictions of monstrous mouths as they aid in challenging and distorting conventional categories of gender/age in horror narratives.
MA, Communication (with Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies), Northern Illinois
University, August 2011
BA, Communication Studies (magna cum laude), Monmouth College, May 2009
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Communication at the University of Memphis, August 2014-Present
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, August 2009-May 2011
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 and Age in Film/Media
Feminist and Queer Theory
Representations of the Body in Horror
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.
Christensen, Kyle. "Slashing through the Bonds of Blood: Queer Family and Scream:
The TV Series." Horror Television in the Age of Consumption: Binging on Fear (forthcoming, Routledge).
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.
Women and Film