Dr. Ketchum

Contact Information

Office: Humanities 212-D
Voice: 657-278-2480
Dept: 657-278-7942

Department Address

California State University, Fullerton
Women & Gender Studies Program
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850
Phone: 657.278.3888
FAX: 657.626.6132

Karyl E. Ketchum, Ph. D.

Professor and Department Chair



Dr. Karyl E. Ketchum received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests center on technology and visual culture as they intersect with, rely upon, and challenge shifting notions and exploitations of non-normative identities and bodies.  She is currently working on a book-length, digital-humanities-based historiography exploring the use and misuse of gender, race, class and sexualities in the contemporary founding narratives of several cultural institutions originating in New York's Gilded Age. She has also published numerous articles on topics such as racial biases in biometric technologies, the deployment of race and gender toward galvanizing and sustaining global online social movements and queer aesthetics.

Dr. Ketchum often serves as a pro bono expert witness in transgender immigrant asylum cases and has authored several declarations, along with an amicus brief developed collaboratively with her students, in support of these critical protections. She is also active in a number of initiatives in the state and nationally that focus on education reform.  Her book, Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in K-12 Schools (Routledge 2018), coauthored with Sharon Chappell and Lisa Richardson, is a critical first resource for educators interested in ensuring schools are supporting the gender and sexual identities of all students.

Dr. Ketchum serves on the CSUF Vice President of Information Technology's Advisory Council, the Academic Senate Information Technology Committee, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Information Technology Committee, the Provost's Online Education Task Force, and the Pride Alliance for CSUF Faculty and Staff Steering Committee. Outside of the University she serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Equality Coalition, the OCEC School Compliance Task Force Steering Committee, The Orange County Lavender Democratic Club and, is a reviewer for The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship for law students.


2005, Ph.D., Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

2002, M.A., Cultural Studies (with Distinction), University of California, Davis

1990, B.A., Art Studio/Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis. Summa Cum Laude and Departmental Citations for Achievement in the Visual Arts

Research Areas

representation and visual culture; the semiotics of embodiment and the non-normative body in the context of cultural institutions; technology and the Digital Humanities; feminist and queer theory

Scholarly Work

Selected Publications:

“Jill Soloway’s Queer Gaze.” The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, Ed. Ingrid Bachmann. NY, NY: Wiley Press. May 2019.

Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in K-12 Schools: A Guide to Supporting Students, Changing Lives. 1 edition, Routledge, 2018. With Chappell, Sharon, and Lisa Richardson. 

"Gendered Uprisings: Desire and Revolution Online." Transformations Journal of Media & Culture, no 23. Special issue: "The Internet as Politicising Instrument," July 2014.

“Magic, Dangerous, Deadly: The Uncanny Powers of My Uterus.” [Multi Media]. In Media Res, Issue: "Women's Health as Humor," New York University, Media Commons, November 2012.

“Michigan's LGBTQ History, Politics and Culture.” Proud Heritage, Ed. Chuck Stewart. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. December 2014.

“‘We’ve Got Big News’: Representation, New Media and Empowering Queer Youth.” Queer Youth and Media Cultures, Ed. Christopher Pullen, Palgrave Macmillan - London, United Kingdom, 2014.

"Facegen And the Technovisual Politics of Embodied Surfaces. Women's Studies Quarterly, 37. Special Issue: "Technologies," June 2009.

“Techno-visual Identities," The Body Between Artistic Creativity and Technology, Biblioteca della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia Press, Trento, Italy. Ed. Antonella Montedoro. April 2007.

“Mode: Poetische Dialektik?” Mentges, Gabriele (Hg.) unter der Mitarbeit von Nina Schack und Heike Jenß, Kulturanthropologie des Textilen. Sonderband. Heide Nixdorff zum Dank und zur Erinnerung gewidmet, Berlin 2005, 265-286. With Susan B. Kaiser and Ana Kuhn.

Selected Media Productions:
“I Know School Laws” Public Service Announcement developed in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. OASIS Film Studios. 4 min. (2012).

“Understanding LGBTQ and Gender-Based Bullying.”  Director/Editor and Co-Producer (with Michelle Rouse), OASIS Production Studio. Released July 2012. A series of 16 shorts, Digital video, High Def. 480 min.

“Machine Vision; The New Biometrics.” Director/writer/Editor. Released May 2008. 11 min.