Katherine Morrissey is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes such as Gender and Film: Screening Female Desire; Race, Sex and Identity Online; Film Theory: The Real and the Virtual; and Introduction to Cinema Studies. She has previously worked as a Lecturer in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky and a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Katherine received her PhD in English (Media, Cinema and Digital Studies) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She has a Master’s in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and professional experience in web management, graphic design for web/print, as well as communications and marketing in the non-profit sector.
Katherine’s research focuses on representations female desire across popular culture, storytelling across media, production networks for popular romance genres, participatory culture, digital production, and digital pedagogy. Katherine’s work has been published in Cinema Journal, Flow, the Journal for Popular Romance Studies, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled, “Redefining Romance: Love & Desire in Today’s Digital Culture” and recently discussed some of this work on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Katherine serves as Review Editor for the Transformative Works and Cultures journal and Co-Vice President for the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. Katherine is a previous recipient UWM scholarship awards and previously served as Co-Director of HASTAC’s annual Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop.