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Kyra Hunting

Education Background: 
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Michigan State University
B.A. Oberlin College
Specialty Areas: 
Children's Media
Kyra Hunting

Dr. Kyra Hunting received her Ph.D. in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she did her dissertation on ways in which television genre's formal elements impact the representation of minority groups in crime procedurals, medical, and teen dramas. She joined the Media Arts and Studies faculty in the Fall of 2014.
Dr. Hunting's current research projects include work on Twitter and celebrity activism as employed by the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, a study of gender in animated films, a study on the representation of education in kid's television, and work on how digital content delivery platforms intersects with cultural ideologies about gender. Her recent publications include a chapter on fandom themed fashion blogs in the anthology Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn, an article on Disney Junior Appisodes and merged screen media in Spectator, and has a forthcoming chapter on how Orange Is the New Black combines attributes of the Women's Prison and Lesbian Family Drama genres. Dr. Hunting was a contributor to the media-blog Antenna Response to Media and Culture, has been a judge for the WAMM (Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival, and has served as an invited reviewer for various journals. 

Recent Publications

  • Hunting, K. (Forthcoming) Critical content analysis: A methodological proposal for the incorporation of numerical data into critical media studies. Annals of ICA.
  • Hunting, K. & Hains, R. (Forthcoming). When men watch girls’ television: My Little Pony, Bronies and the limits of feminist intent. Journal of Popular Communication.
  • Hunting, K. (Forthcoming) Unwrapping toy TV: Ryan’s Toy Review and the impact of You-Tube on children’s entertainment. In N. Jennings & R. Hains (Eds.), Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture: The Marketing of Children’s Play. New York: Palgrave.
  • Hunting, K. (2020) Pop and politics: Popular culture memes in the 2016 election. Transformative Works and Culture 32.
  • Hunting, K. (2019) Finding the child fan. Journal of Fandom Studies 17 (2): 93-11.
  • Hunting, K. (2019) The man behind the mask: Masculinity in LEGO Batman. In S. Mazzarella and R. Hains (Eds.), Cultural Studies of LEGO (pp. 297-320). New York: Palgrave Mac-Millan.
  • Hunting, K. & Hains, R. (2018) Discriminating taste: Maintaining gendered social hierarchy in cross-demographic fandom. Feminist Media studies 19 (4): 542-557.
  • Hunting, K., Grumbein, A. and Cahill, M. (2018) Watch and learn: Gender discrepancies in educational messages on channels targeted at boys vs. girls. Mass Communication and Society 21 (1): 115-141.
  • Hunting, K. & Gray, J. (2018) Disney Junior: Imagining industrial intertextuality. In D. Johnson Ed.), From networks to Netflix: A guide to hanging channels (pp. 197-208). New York: Routledge.
  • Hains, R. & Hunting, K. (2018) What do television and film teach kids about gender. In S. Mazzarella & N. Jennings (Eds.) 20 Questions about youth and the media (2nd ed.). New York: Peter Lang.

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