Kathy Feeley

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Kathy Feeley headshot

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern U.S. history
  • Gender
  • Media
  • Political culture
  • Print and popular culture


Ph.D., U.S. History, 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

For the Media

Contact :
Media Relations


P: 909.748.8606
E: kathleen_feeley@redlands.edu

Degrees held

Ph.D., U.S. History, 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


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

Professional Affiliations and Service

Co-coordinator, Los Angeles History & Metro Studies Group, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Member, American Historical Association; Organization of American Historians; Society for Cinema and Media Studies; Western Association of Women Historians; Coordinating Council for Women in History; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Beta Kappa.

Chair, Department of History, U of R (July 2013–July 2016)

Member, Advisory board: Women's and Gender Studies program, U of R (2010–2015); Media and Visual Culture Studies program, U of R (2010–); College of Arts and Sciences Writing Advisory, U of R (2012–2017), chair, (2015-2017); Bulldog Weekly student newspaper advisory, U of R (2008–2013).

Board of trustees, Lincoln Memorial Association (LMA), Redlands, CA, (2013–), vice president, (2015–).

Courses Offered

    • HIST 122: American History Since 1877

    • HIST 290: Seminar in Historical Theories and Methods

    • HIST 229: U.S. History on Film

    • HIST 321: Civil War and Reconstruction

    • HIST 324: Cold War America

    • HIST 328: Gender, Media, and U.S. Culture

    • HIST 360: The Great Depression

    • HIST 490: Senior Capstone Seminar

      First-Year Seminar/Proudian Honors Seminar: Gossip in America 



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

Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman (Westview Press, 2016). https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/kathleen-a-feeley/mary-pickford/9780813348063/#module-whats-inside

Edited collection

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



Articles/chapters/review essays

“Listening Her Way to an Historic Victory: On Hillary Clinton’s 1999-2000 Senate Campaign,” in The Hillary Effect: Perspectives on Clinton’s Legacy, ed. Ivy Cargile, Denise Davis, Jennifer Merolla, and Rachel VanSickle-Ward (forthcoming in 2019).

“‘At Least a Dozen Joan Crawfords’: Gender Ideology in Classical Hollywood Film Journalism, 1925-1940,” in Mapping Movie Magazines, ed. Daniel Biltereyst and Liesbeth Van de Vijver (forthcoming in 2019 from Palgrave/MacMillan).

“Spectacular Manhood and Girlhood: Celebrity Studies and Girlhood Studies Come of Age,” American Studies 55:2 (2016): 53-64.

“‘The Antithesis of the Film Magnate’: Irving Thalberg and the Politics of Ethno-Religious Identity in Early Hollywood,” Jewish Culture and History 17 (April 2016): 1-14.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1462169X.2016.1169611?journalCode=rjch20

“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.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00854.x/abstract


Selected Media Appearances and Conference Presentations

 Commentator: C-Span American History TV, A&E Network’s Biography series, New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney Herald Sun, The Key Reporter, French Buzzfeed.com, The Cut@nymag.com, “Morning Edition” on KVCR, New Books Network podcast, divinecaroline.com.

“Conflicted Loyalties: American Women across History and in the Classroom,” organizer and roundtable panelist, American Historical Association (AHA) conference, January 2019.

“Working Women at Home and Abroad, 1868-1945,” chair/comment, Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) conference, May 2018.

“Watching Mary Pickford: Gender and Class in Early Hollywood,” Redlands Forum, ESRI, Feb. 2017 and brown bag matinee presentation, WAWH, May 2016.

“Votes for Women in the American West: The New Woman and the Suffrage Movement in California and in Print and Early Film Culture,” Library volunteer lecture series, The Huntington Institute, May 2016 and AAUW members luncheon, U of R, November 2016.

“Can We Talk? Gossip in American History and Life,” AAUW members luncheon, U of R, November 2016; U of R Faculty Forum, Jan. 2014; Redlands Forum, ESRI, Redlands, CA, December 2014.

"The Classroom as Critical Cinema: Pedagogical Uses of Film,” roundtable chair/moderator, Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association, August 2016.

Organizer and moderator, The Lincoln Memorial Shrine/University of Redlands Civil War Student Research Symposium, Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Redlands, CA, April 2017/April 2016.

“When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History,” Organization of American Historians conference, April 2015.

“‘Always a Man’s Job’: Broadway Gossip Columnist as Mid-Century Celebrity and Journalist,” Gender, Race & Representation in Media Conference, Cornell University, Oct. 2013.

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


Awards, Honors, Grants

Town and Gown Community Service Learning Support Grant, 2017-18

University of Redlands, Outstanding Research Award, 2015

University of Redlands, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2009

University of Redlands, Faculty Research Grant, 2007–8 through 2018–9

Historical Society of Southern California/Haynes Research Stipend, Summer 2006, Summer 2010