College of Communication > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Kelly Kessler
Television and film history and studies, gender studies, LGBTQ media, genre studies, Hollywood musicals, musical theatre
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) and editor/curator of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Musical Theatre: He/She/They Could Have Danced All Night (Intellect, 2022). Kessler is currently co-editing an anthology that that explores raising kids in today's media saturated world from the perspective of media studies parents. 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 Primetimer, 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.