Prof. Karyl E. Ketchum

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

Fax: 657-278-6132
Dept: 657-278-7942

California State University, Fullerton
Women & Gender Studies Department
Humanities Hall 230
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 657.278.3888
FAX: 657.626.6132

Karyl E. Ketchum, Ph. D.

Professor and Department Chair


Dr. Ketchum's research focuses on visual culture and practices of representation as they rely upon and challenge shifting understandings and experiences of normativity, identity, and the body. She has published work on feminist and queer representations and aesthetics in film and art; racial and gendered biases in biometric technologies; the deployment of ethnicity and gender toward galvanizing and sustaining global online social movements; and pathologizing discourses of the feminized body in art and popular culture.

Professor Ketchum is currently working on a book-length, digital-humanities-based historiography and "subversive biography." This project explores the use and misuse of gender, race, class and sexualities in the narrative retellings of one woman’s life, and the associated founding stories of several cultural institutions originating New York City’s Gilded Age.

Her recent book, Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in K-12 Schools (Routledge 2018), coauthored with Dr. Sharon Chappell and Lisa Richardson, is a critical first resource for educators, parents, and students working to create schools that move beyond public education's historically discriminatory, gendered, and normative frameworks.

Through her interest in exploring and imagining new online pedagogical practices, she and her students have participated in FemTechNet, and several other collaborative online experiments in queer and feminist networked creating and learning. She is also an avid Wikipedia editor, and students in her Technoculture course have made thousands of edits correcting systemic gender, sexual, and racial bias in this, the world's most popular, encyclopedia.

Professor Ketchum is a pro bono expert witness for transgender refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. Along with an amicus brief developed collaboratively with her students, she has authored many declarations highlighting the specific cultural conditions that uniquely imperil transgender individuals, creating an urgent need for these asylum protections.

Ketchum serves on the University's Faculty Affairs Committee, the General Education Committee, and she is a member of CSUF's Pride Alliance. Outside of the University, she serves on the OCEC School Compliance Task Force Steering Committee, the Orange County Lavender Democratic Club's Executive Board and is a reviewer for The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship for law students.


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

M.A. Cultural Studies, with Distinction, University of California, Davis, 1999.

B.A. Art Studio/Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis. Summa Cum Laude and Departmental Citations for Achievement in the Visual Arts, 1993.

Research Areas

Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, visual culture, technology and Digital Humanities, feminist and queer aesthetics and theories

Scholarly Work


Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in K-12 Schools : A Guide to Supporting Students, Changing Lives. Routledge, 2018.


Selected Articles:

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

"Gendered Uprisings: Desire and Revolution Online." Transformations Journal of Media & Culture, no 23. Special issue: "The Internet as Politicising Instrument," July 2016.

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

“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.

"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.

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