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About Casey McKittrick (1973-2019)

Casey McKittrick studied literature, film, and lesbian and gay studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University. At Western Michigan University, he teaches Film Interpretation, African American Literature, Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the American Literature II survey. His scholarship centers on developing a queer theory of child spectatorship in contemporary film, in the context of ongoing discussions of pedophilia and child endangerment in America . His essay "'I Laughed and Cringed at the Same Time': Shaping Pedophilic Discourse in American Beauty and Happiness" has been published in the film journal The Velvet Light Trap(2001), and again in the anthology Writing as Re-Vision(2002). He is currently completing his first monograph Juvenile Desires: Visual Pleasure and the Mise-en-Scene of American Childhood, investigating avatars of filmic children and the various spectating pleasures they afford in different audience formations. McKittrick has been the recipient of a Presidential Innovation Grant (2006) and a College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant (2005) from Western Michigan.


Present Faculty Specialist II/Lecturer, Western Michigan University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • College of Arts and Sciences Teaching and Research Award, WMU, 2007
  • Presidential Innovation Fund, WMU, for Virtual Worlds Project, 2006
  • Professional Development Award, Department of English, University of Texas, Austin, 2002-2003
  • Nominated for the Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Rhetoric and Composition, UT Austin, 2001-2002
  • University Pre-Emptive Fellowship, UT-Austin, 1996-1997
  • National Meric Scholar, Rice University, 1991-1995
  • Herbert and Helen Allen Scholar, Rice University, 1991-1995
  • National Junior Classical League Latin Scholar, 1991-1993


  • Film Interpretation
  • African American Literature
  • American Literature II Survey
  • Lesbian and Gay Literature and Culture
  • Hitchcock and Authorship
  • Film Directors: Hitchcock and Altman
  • History of Motion Pictures I: 1895-1940
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • The Rhetoric of the American Child