Dr. Kirsten Pullen
Professor/Director of Graduate Studies
Kirsten Pullen earned her PhD in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin in 2001. Before joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in 2008, she taught at the University of Calgary and Colorado State University. She was the Director of the TAMU Academy for Visual and Performing Arts 2012-2014 and has been the Director of Graduate Studies for the MA in Performance Studies since the program’s inception in 2010. In 2012, she was named a Ray A. Rothrock’77 Research Fellow for her outstanding contributions to research, service, and teaching and in 2014 she was named an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Faculty Fellow.
Dr. Pullen’s first book, Actresses and Whores: On Stage and in Society (Cambridge University Press, 2005) demonstrates how some women willingly occupy the whore position to offer alternative narratives of female sexual expression. Her most recent monograph, Like a Natural Woman: Spectacular Female Performance in Classical Hollywood (Rutgers University Press, 2014), determines how the embodied nature of performance undermines the assumed conservativism of Naturalism, and the narratives within which it’s mobilized. She has also published articles and delivered conference papers on Internet fandom, theatre audiences, dance on film and television, and actresses. Dr. Pullen is currently working on a monograph, Theory for Theatre Studies: Bodies, a title in a new series commissioned by Bloomsbury Methuen.
A faculty affiliate in both the Film and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs, Dr. Pullen primarily teaches courses in theatre history and performance theory at both the graduate and undergraduate level, directs departmental productions, and has supervised several graduate theses.