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Alex Doty

Alex Doty Professor of Gender Studies and Communication & Culture

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Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana, 1984
M.A., University of Illinois-Urbana


G102 - Sexual Politics
G402 - Problems In Gender Studies (Lesbian And Gay Film History)
G701 - Grad Topics In Gender Studies (Queer Film Theory & Criticism; Gendr&Sexlty Alfred Hitchcock; Feminist Film Theory)


Alex 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 I teach and work in GLBTQ film and media studies. I was actually born in a military hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts the year the film I quote above came out. My family, however, finally claimed west Texas as home, and, after decades of resistance, I have grown fond of the land of tumbleweeds, road runners, and horned toads. I received my BA from the University of Texas-El Paso (or "Harvard on the Border" as it is known on bumper stickers), and my MA and PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Previous to coming to Indiana, I 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. I have published Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture (Minnesota) and Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Cannon (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."

My 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." I am thrilled to be at an institution that supported Kinsey's work.