Kristi Branham is director and associate professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at WKU. She received her PhD in literature from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Branham’s teaching and research expertise include women’s studies, feminist theory, social theory, and U.S. women’s popular culture. She has over twenty years of college teaching experience and has received several awards for teaching excellence. She has published articles in Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Journal of American Studies, Literature and Film Quarterly, and contributed to the edited collection Home Sweat Home.