Casey D. McKittrick

Casey D. McKittrick

Casey D. McKittrick

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Dr. Casey D. McKittrick

Faculty Specialist II/Lecturer
Film Interpretation; African American Literature; Queer Studies

Mailing address

Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331

Office: (269) 387-2590


627 Sprau


Ph.D., University of Texas Austin


Casey McKittrick studied literature, film, and lesbian and gay studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University. At Western Michigan University, he teaches Film Interpretation, African American Literature, Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the American Literature II survey. His scholarship centers on developing a queer theory of child spectatorship in contemporary film, in the context of ongoing discussions of pedophilia and child endangerment in America . His essay "'I Laughed and Cringed at the Same Time': Shaping Pedophilic Discourse in American Beauty and Happiness" has been published in the film journal The Velvet Light Trap(2001), and again in the anthology Writing as Re-Vision(2002). He is currently completing his first monograph Juvenile Desires: Visual Pleasure and the Mise-en-Scene of American Childhood, investigating avatars of filmic children and the various spectating pleasures they afford in different audience formations. McKittrick has been the recipient of a Presidential Innovation Grant (2006) and a College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant (2005) from Western Michigan.


Department of English
6th floor Sprau Tower
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
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