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Katherine Morrissey

Visiting Assistant Professor
Building 6, Room A317
PhD Candidate, English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MA, Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University
BA, Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College

Katherine Morrissey is a PhD Candidate in Media, Cinema and Digital Studies in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Katherine 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 current research focuses on the representations of female desire in popular culture, media production environments, and the impact of digital production on romantic storytelling. Her general areas of research include media and cultural studies, popular romance and genre studies, participatory culture, digitized research practices, and the digital humanities. 

Katherine is a recipient of UWM’s Provost’s/UWM Libraries Scholar Award and began serving as Co-Director of HASTAC’s annual Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop in 2014. Katherine’s work has been published in the Journal for Popular Romance Studies and Transformative Works and Cultures. She is currently working on her dissertation: “Romance Networks: Aspiration and Desire in Today’s Digital Culture.”


Twitter: @_katiedidnt

Teaching Fall 2015: 

  • Text and Code (ENGL 215)
  • Storytelling Across Media (ENGL 375)
  • Literary & Cultural Studies: Reading/Screening Desire (ENGL 210)
Teaching Areas: 

Film, Television & Digital Studies; Composition; Digital Narratives; Participatory & Digital Culture; Audience Studies; Gender & Sexuality in Popular Culture; Popular Romance Genres; Genre Studies; Digital Production


"Gender and Fandom." The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender Ed. Elizabeth Kaplan, Patrice Petro, Kristin Hole and Dijana Jelača. [Forthcoming 2016.]

“Steamy, Spicy, Sensual: Tracing the Cycles of Erotic Romance.” Women & Erotic Fiction: Critical Essays on Genres, Markets & Readers. Ed. Kristen Phillips. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 42-58.

"Stop Teaching, Software Start Teaching Software Literacy.", no. 22, 2015.

“Rattling the Toolkit: Methods for Reading Romance, Gender, and Culture.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies. 4.1. (2014) 1-17.

“Fifty Shades of Remix: The Shared Pleasures of Commercial and Fan Romances.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies. 4.1. (2014) 1-17.

“Fan/dom: People, Practices, and Networks.” Transformative Works & Cultures, no. 14, 2013.

Job Posting: Tenure Track

This year, we are hiring for a tenure track position in Digital Writing and New Media Production. Check out the job announcement here!

Creative Writing Awards!

Join us on April 22nd at 4:00PM in the SAU Reading Room for our annual Creative Writing Awards! Writer David Schickler is our guest speaker, along with live readings from our CW award winners...

To submit your work for the CW awards:

David Schickler's web site: