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Kara Keeling
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Kara Keeling was on the Board of Directors from 2013-2016. This bio is for archival purposes only and may be out of date.


Biography: Kara Keeling is Associate Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and of African American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD in Critical and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of English in 2001.


University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts
900 W. 34th Street, SCA 333
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Office Phone: +1-213-740-3329
Email: kkeeling[at]cinema.usc[dot]edu


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Critical and Cultural Studies

MA, University of Pittsburgh, English Literature

BA, University of Notre Dame, English

Research and Teaching Interests: issues of temporality, Afrofuturisms, and radical imaginations; sound and music studies; mediation and black and queer cultural politics; digital media and finance capital; and Gilles Deleuze and liberation theory.

Selected Publications:


The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme and the Image of Common Sense. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

Edited Books:

Introduced and Co-Edited with Josh Kun, Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies (A Special Issue of American Quarterly), Eds. Kara Keeling and Josh Kun. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

Wrote Introduction to and Co-Edited (with Colin MacCabe and Cornel West) James A. Snead’s book Racist Traces and Other Writings: European Pedigrees/ African Contagions. London and New York: Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2003.


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