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Ketchum, Karyl E.

Associate Professor of Womern and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies

Office: 657-278-2480

Department: 657-278-3888



Dr. Karyl E. Ketchum received her Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis in 2005. Her research emphasis is on critical and theoretical analysis of technology, visual culture and new media forms as these intersect with gender, sexual orientation, race, class and nation. She is also involved in a number of projects centered on K-12 education reform through principles of social justice, critical theory and transformative pedagogies. Dr. Ketchum has published and contributed to articles in the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and Italy. She is currently working on a book, “Technologies of Embodiment and Desire." This text considers the shifting meanings of the body and the experience of embodiment itself, as these are inflected by new forms of technology. The project emphasizes the challenges new forms of technology pose for cultural institutions that have historically relied upon the normative body as a mechanism of surveillance and control. It also considers the way in which technologies of vision in particular, theorize us, through the patterns of information they highlight within massive and previously unwieldy data sets. In the classroom, D. Ketchum emphasizes the importance of thinking critically and typically makes use of a number of different technologies toward this end. She encourages her students to strategically intervene in the workings of representation, technology and the Internet: taking issue with censorship, pushing technology’s DIY potential, critiquing and exploring new media’s visual language, and affirming the Internet as a democratic space of intellectual and creative freedom. She serves on CSUF's Academic Senate Information Technology Committee, the CSUF IT Advisory Committee, and she is chair of the Information Technology Committee for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also serves as the faculty liaison to Cal State Fullerton's LGBT/Queer Student Center.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Bullying in K-12 Schools
  • Gender
  • Transgender Identities
  • Visual Culture
  • Queer Studies
  • Technology
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Topics

  • Advertising
  • Children's Issues
  • Communications
  • Culture -- Diversity
  • Culture -- Popular
  • Education -- Elementary
  • Education -- High School
  • Education -- K-12
  • Education -- Technology
  • Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Media
  • Sexual Harrassment/Assault
  • Sexuality
  • Teenagers
  • Women's Studies

  • North America