Cultural Studies Adjunct: Suzanna Walters
I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University, where I also hold appointments in the departments of Sociology and Communications and Culture. Previously, I was a Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. My work is centered on questions of gender, sexuality, family, and popular culture and I am a frequent commentator on these issues for the media. My most recent work - All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America (University of Chicago Press, 2001) - examined the
explosion of gay visibility in culture and politics over the past 15 years and raised pressing questions concerning the politics of visibility around sexual identity. The book was a finalist for numerous literary awards (including the Lambda Literary Award) and was the subject of radio and television interviews and discussions, culminating in a 15 city book tour in the Fall of 2001 and Spring 2002. My other works include books on feminist cultural theory (Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory), mothers and daughters in popular culture (Lives Together/Worlds Apart: Mothers and Daughters in Popular Culture) and numerous articles and book chapters on feminist theory, queer theory and LGBT studies, and popular culture. I am currently engaged with several research projects, including an extension of the analysis of gay visibility that asks about the construction of sexual communities and identities in a “post-visibility” age. In addition, I continue to investigate questions of family formation and am specifically researching how different modalities of “choice” figure into the decision-making of single mothers.