University of Calgary

Jessalynn Keller

  • Associate Professor

Office Hours


Currently Teaching

 F2020 - COMS 371 - Critical Media Studies
 F2020 - COMS 615 - Research Methods
SEM 1T 13:30 - 16:15
 W2021 - COMS 591 - Senior Seminar in Communication and Media


My research interrogates gender politics and mediated identities within popular digital cultures, particularly in relation to contemporary feminist activism. I have written about specific topics that include girl feminist bloggers, hashtag feminisms, teen feminist media mogul Tavi Gevinson, model Tyra Banks, the politics of inclusivity online, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner's game app.

I am author of Girls' Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age (Routledge 2015) and have also published scholarship in the Journal of Gender Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Celebrity Studies, Information, Communication & Society, and Women's Studies International Forum, as well as in several edited anthologies, including the forthcoming Mediated Girlhoods 2 (edited by Morgan Genevieve Blue and Mary Celeste Kearney). I am a founding steering committee member of the International Girls' Studies Association and was a plenary speaker at the 2016 Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.

My current projects include:

1. Co-writing Digital Feminist Activism: Women and Girls Fight Back Against Rape Culture (Oxford Univesity Press, forthcoming) with Kaitlynn Mendes (University of Leicester) and Jessica Ringrose (UCL Institute of Education). This book is based on an AHRC-funded research project about girls' and women's use of digital media technologies to challenge sexual violence and rape culture.

2. Co-editing a collection about popular feminisms, tentatively titled Emergent Feminisms: Challenging a Postfeminist Media Culture with Maureen Ryan (DePaul University). The completed draft manuscript of this book is now under review at Routledge.

3. Research on anti-Trump resistance across femininzed media cultures. This project includes ethnographic research at Teen Vogue, which I presented some early analysis on at the 2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference in Chicago, USA.  


I welcome graduate students (both MA and PhD) interested in the following:

-digital media cultures

-feminist theory and methods, including critical race and queer theories

-popular and celebrity culture

-girls' media and cultures

-historical and contemporary feminisms

-social activism and media


I welcome press inquiries on the following:

-contemporary feminisms

-popular culture and celebrity

-social media, particularly in relation to gender, race, class, and sexual identities

-sexual violence and the media, particularly in relation to digital media

-girl culture





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