Faculty | Alexander M. Doty
Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
- Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana
Professor Doty was born in a trunk at the Princess Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho. If you get that reference, then you won’t be surprised to discover that he teachs and works in GLBTQ film and media studies. He was actually born in a military hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts the year the film he quotes above came out. His family, however, finally claimed west Texas as home, and, after decades of resistance, he has grown fond of the land of tumbleweeds, road runners, and horned toads. He received his BA from the University of Texas-El Paso (or “Harvard on the Border” as it is known on bumper stickers), and his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Previous to coming to Indiana, He held positions at The American University in Cairo and at Lehigh University, which is in Bethlehem, just down the road from Nazareth and Egypt— Pennsylvania. He has published MAKING THINGS PERFECTLY QUEER: INTERPRETING MASS CULTURE ( Minnesota) and FLAMING CLASSICS: QUEERING THE FILM CANON (Routledge), as well as co-edited OUT IN CULTURE: LESBIAN, GAY AND QUEER ESSAYS ON POPULAR CULTURE (Duke) and edited two special issues on CAMERA OBSCURA: “Fabulous! Divas I and II.” His current scholarship includes a co-written book (with IU’s own Patty Ingham) on the monstrous and the medieval, a project on contemporary film melodrama, and articles on Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, and “Queer Hitchcock.” He is thrilled to be at an institution that supported Kinsey’s work.