College of Communication > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Kelly Kessler
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Kessler's research engages with issues of gender, sexuality, and genre in American television and film, most commonly surrounding the musical. She is the author of
Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical: Music, Masculinity, and Mayhem (Palgrave, 2010) and
Broadway in the Box: Television's Lasting Love Affair with the Musical (Oxford, 2020). Kessler is currently editing and curating a forthcoming anthology for Intellect exploring gender, sex, and sexuality in musical theatre. She also served as the editor and contributor of a special issue of
Studies in Musical Theatre, unpacking the iconic image of the musical diva. Her work on the mediated mainstreaming of lesbianism can be found in such publications as
Cinema Journal, Television and New Media, & Feminism at the Movies, and Televising Queer Women. An
OpEd Project Fellow, her public scholarship ranging from Hamilton's TV premiere to missing queer and liberal voices in the politicization of religion have recently appeared on sites like
The Advocate, and
Wired. When she's not writing, teaching, grading, or hustling around the university, she's likely to be found wrangling twins, hanging with one of her many cats, or binging sitcoms or television melodramas.
Kessler was also a member of the Television Academy Foundation's 2014 Faculty Fellowship program in Los Angeles.