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Allison McCracken

  • amccrac1@depaul.edu
  • Associate Professor
  • American Studies
  • Faculty
  • 773.325.7194
  • On Leave 2016-2017
  • ​​​​​Twitter:  @shegiles2010

Allison McCracken received her PhD in American Studies from The University of Iowa, with a focus in media studies and twentieth century U.S. cultural history. She currently teaches classes in American popular culture and media, social media, gender/sexuality studies and American Studies methods.  Her courses include American Popular Culture, 1890s-1930s; Television and American Identity; Sex, Gender and Social Media; The History of Sex in the United States: Late Victorians to the Present; American Studies Methods; LGQT Lives, 1969-Present (Sophomore Seminar); American Culture in World War II (Focal Point); and the American Studies Senior Capstone. She is the author of Real Men Don't Sing:  Crooning in American  Culture  (Duke University Press, 2015).  She is currently doing work on feminine-gendered and queer fan communities at conventions and on the social media platform Tumblr.

Selected Publications

Book

Real Men Don't Sing:  Crooning in American  Culture, Durhan: Duke University Press, 2015. (Named one of the “Great Reads of 2015” by NPR.

Articles and Book Chapters

“A History of Fandom in Broadcasting.” Companion to the History of American Broadcasting(Companions in Cultural Studies series). Ed. Aniko Bodroghkozy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming, 2017)

“At Stake: Angel’s Body, Fantasy Masculinity and Queer Desire in Teen Television.”  Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Eds. Lisa Parks and Elana Levine. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007 

“The Audience and the Internet”. The Television History Book. Eds. Michele Hilmes and Jason Jacobs. New York and London: British Film Institute, 2004

“Real Men Don’t Sing Ballads: The Radio Crooner in Hollywood 1929 - 1933.” Soundtrack Available: Cinema and Popular Song. Eds. Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Arthur Knight. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001

“Scary Women and Scarred Men: Suspense, Gender Trouble, and Postwar Change (1942-1950).” The Radio Reader: Essays in the  Cultural History of U.S. Radio Broadcasting. Eds. Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio. New York: Routledge, 2001

“Study of a Mad Housewife: Psychiatric Discourse, the Suburban Home, and the Case of Gracie Allen.” Small Screens, Big Ideas: Television in the 1950s. Ed. Janet Thumim. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001

“'God’s Gift to Us Girls': Crooning, Gender, and the Re-Creation of American Popular Song, 1928-1933.” American Music 17 (Winter 1999): 365-395

Recent Online Publications

Interviewed by International Association of the Study of Popular Music about my book, Real Men Don’t Sing, by Victor Szabo; posted online: April 17, 2016

“Sinatra the Crooner: 100th Anniversary,” Duke University Website, December 11, 2015

ature” book excerpt from Real Men Don’t Sing, Popmatters.com, September 24, 2015:

Organizer and Editor, “Hannibal Week,” In Medias Res, on line scholarly site, September 21-25, 2015 

"Long Live Abigail Hobbs!": The Significance of Hannibal's Deviant 'Daughter': Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, August 26, 2015

"Branding Hannibal: When Quality TV Viewers and Social Media Fans Converge," Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, August 24, 2015 

“Redefining ‘Public’ Education: Reflections from GeekGirlCon, Seattle, October 11-12” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“DashCon Discourses: Through a Feminist Lens” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. July 16, 2014

“Redefining the Performance of Masculinity at LeakyCon Portland,” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. August 11, 2013

“From LGBT to GSM: Gender and Sexual Identity Among LeakyCon’s Queer Youth” (LeakyCon Portland)” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. August 6, 2013

"LeakyCon Portland:  Where the Fangirls Are" Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. July 29, 2013

“Glee: Kurt and the Casting Couch” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. October 19, 2011

“Glee: The Countertenor and the Crooner, Part 1” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. May 3, 2011 

“Glee: The Countertenor and the Crooner, Part 2” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. May 10, 2011

“Glee: The Countertenor and the Crooner, Part 3” Antenna, on-line Media Journal of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. May 17, 2011

Recent Reviews

Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema. Laura Horak. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2016. Journal of American History (forthcoming)

Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. Anne Jamison. New York: BenBella Books 2013. Cinema Journal (Volume 54, Number 3), Spring 2015