Rebecca J. Kinney, Ph.D.
Jointly appointed in the Department Popular Culture and School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Office Location: 248 Shatzel Hall
Office Phone: 419-372-4378
Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
M.A.., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
B.A., American Culture and Sociology, University of Michigan
Research and Teaching Areas:
Comparative Ethnic Studies, Popular Culture, Cultural Geography, American Studies, Racial
Formation, Cultural Studies, Urban History, Urban Studies, Tourism
Dr. Kinney’s research and teaching interests engage the intersections of ethnic studies, popular culture, and cultural geography. As an interdisciplinary scholar her work merges analyses of cultural studies, popular culture, history, and public policy to reveal the material and ideological processes of the racialization of space. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled Constructing the Post-Industrial Frontier: Representations of Race and Place in Detroit’s Contemporary Landscape which links the practices of the racial state to the spheres of popular culture to reveal the processes of race-making and space-making as an active process at the levels of popular culture, history, and memory. Other research includes a study of the “revival” of U.S. ethnic historic districts as places experience “authentic” food and culture in order to critically examine how narratives of “diversity” operate in the discourse of tourism and city branding.