Kathleen Feeley

Assoc Professor, History

Degrees: Ph.D., U.S. History and Women’s Studies, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (GSUC/CUNY), 2004; B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, History and Women’s Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., 1990.

Office: History, Gannett Center #7

Phone: 909/748-8606


Kathlen Freeley

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Modern U.S. history
  • Gender
  • Media
  • Political culture
  • Popular culture

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • HIST 121: American Civilization I
  • HIST 122: American Civilization II
  • HIST 228: U.S. City and Suburb
  • HIST 229: U.S. History on Film
  • HIST 320: U.S. Cultural History
  • HIST 321: Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 324: Cold War America
  • HIST 328: Gender, Media, and U.S. Culture
  • HIST 350/450: The Great Depression

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D., U.S. History and Women’s Studies Certificate, Department of History, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (GSUC/CUNY), February 2004
    Major: U.S. History; Minor: U.S. Women’s History
  • B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, History and Women’s Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., May 1990
    High honors U.S. history thesis: “The Evolution of the Vaudeville Show: How Big Business Stole the Show”

Previous Teaching Experience

Adjunct lecturer, Baruch College and City College, CUNY

Professional Experience

  • Associate Editor, Reviews in American History (published by Johns Hopkins University Press) August 1997–February 2009

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • University of Redlands, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009
  • University of Redlands, Faculty Research Grant, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 
  • Historical Society of Southern California/Haynes Research Stipend, Summer 2006 and Summer 2010 

Selected Publications

"The Mightiest Publicity Powers on Earth": The Rise of the Hollywood Press Corps in Mid-Twentieth-Century America, manuscript under revision.

Mary Pickford (forthcoming in 2015 from Westview Press).

When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in United States History, co-edited with Jennifer Frost (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

“Classical Hollywood as Public Sphere: The Case of Citizen Kane,” in Imagination and the Public Sphere, ed.  Susan Cumings (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2012).

"Gossip as News: On Modern U.S. Celebrity Culture and Journalism History" in History Compass 10:6 (June 2012): 467-82.

"Irving Thalberg," in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Business Biography, 1720 to the Present, vol. 4, ed. Jeffrey Fear.  German Historical Institute.

"U.S. Television as Cultural Missionary, At Home and Abroad," Reviews in American History 39:3 (Sept. 2011): 506-16.

Review of Universal Women: Filmmaking and Institutional Change in Early Hollywood, by Mark Garrett Cooper in Journal of American History 98:1 (June 2011): 224-5.

Review of Eleanor Roosevelt, by Cynthia M. Harris in The Historian 7:1 (Spring 2010): 174-6.

Selected Presentations and Other Professional Activities

"'Cockroaches and Gigolos': The Gender Politics of Mid-Twentieth-Century Gossip Reporting," Organization of American Historians conference, April 2013.

Chair, "Gossip, Comedy, and Disney Princesses: U.S. Gender and Media Production," Women's and Gender Studies conference, U of R, March 2013.

"Writing the Political History of Hollywood Gossip," American Historical Association conference, Jan. 2013.

"Rehabilitating a 'Powerful Influence for Evil': Anastasia and the Return of Ingrid Bergman to Early Cold War Hollywood," Organization of American Historians conference, March 2011.

Chair, "Cultivating Film Culture: Programming Art, Foreign, and Independent Film," Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 2011.

"'At Least a Dozen Joan Crawfords': Gender Ideology in 1920s and 1930s Film Journalism," Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, March 2010.

Consultant, "Paris Hilton: Not So Simple," and "Child Stars II: Growing Up Hollywood," Arts and Entertainment Television Network's Biography series, Aug. 2005 and Nov. 2005.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West; American Historical Association; Organization of American Historians; American Studies Association; Popular Culture Association; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Beta Kappa.

Member, Advisory board, Women's and Gender Studies program, U of R (Fall 2010-to present);    Visual Media Studies program, U of R (Fall 2010-to present);  College of Arts and Sciences Writing Advisory (Fall 2012 - to present); Bulldog Weekly student newspaper, 2008-2013.                                           


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