Becca Cragin

Associate Professor

Office Location: 237 Shatzel Hall
Office Phone Number: 419-372-7860


Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, Emory University (2002)
M.A. in Women’s Studies, Emory University (1996)
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Concentration in Women’s Studies, Swarthmore College (1992)


POPC 2600: Popular Culture Research
POPC 3500: The Female Detective
POPC 3900: TV Comedy
POPC 3900: Gender and Sexuality in the Media

POPC 6800: TV Comedy
WGSS 6100: Foundations of Feminist Theory

American Culture Studies Program Affiliated Faculty
American Culture Studies Program Ph.D. Executive Committee
Popular Culture Department Admissions Committee
Popular Culture Department Teaching Supervisor
School of Cultural and Critical Studies Executive Committee Member
Women’s Studies Program Affiliated Faculty
Women’s Studies Program Steering Committee

Research interests: gender and sexuality in television and film, in comedy, reality, and crime genres.
Cragin, Becca (forthcoming) “Ellen Finds Her Inner Adult” in Popular Culture: An Introductory Text, rev. edition, eds. Esther Clinton, Jeremy Wallach and Kristin Rudisill, University of Wisconsin/Popular Press, Madison.
Cragin, Becca (in progress) “A Queer Double Helix: Gender and Sexuality in Roseanne’s Narratives of Family” (article-length).
Cragin, Becca (in progress) Modern Families: Queering the Family/Sitcom (book-length).
Cragin, Becca (in progress) “Bad Acting: Comedic Performance on Roseanne” (article-length).
Cragin, Becca (under review) “Teaching Sexuality through Media” (article-length).
Cragin, Becca (2012) Review of Gender and Popular Culture, by Katie Milestone and Anneke Meyer, in The Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 21, no. 2., pp. 230-232.
Cragin, Becca (2010) “Beyond the Feminine: Intersectionality and Hybridity in Talk Shows,” Women’s Studies in Communication, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 154-172.
Cragin, Becca (2009) “Noirish Inversions: Investigation and Victimization in The Silence of the Lambs and Basic Instinct,” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, vol. 8, no. 2.
Cragin, Becca (2009) Review of Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture, edited by Yvonne Tasker and Diane Negra, in The Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 90-92.
Cragin, Becca (2008) “The (Not So) Good Old Days: Race and Sexuality on Old-Style Talk Shows,” Popular Culture Review, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 37-50.

“’Chocolate and Vanilla, Swirl, Swirl’: Crazy Eyes and Orange is the New Black,” Popular Culture Association Conference, Chicago, IL, (forthcoming in April 2014)
“From Gloom and Giggles to Deceptively Delicious: Teaching Inequality through TV and Film,” Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC, March 2013
“Negotiating Teacher Identity” (panelist), College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentoring Program, Bowling Green State University, February 2013.
“American Culture as a Work in Progress” (keynote address), American Culture Research Conference, American Language Institute, University of Toledo, December 2009.
“Bad Acting: Comedic Performance on Roseanne,” Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Detroit, MI, October 2009
“Pedagogy Workshop: Sexuality in Media,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH, June 2008
“A Queer Double Helix: Gender and Sexuality in Roseanne’s Narratives of Family,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2008
Invited Lectures on Television and American Culture, American Language Institute, University of Toledo:
 February 2010
 November 2009
 June 2009
 February 2009
 December 2008

Print interviews with a variety of national, regional, local, and institutional presses
Television interview with Northwest Ohio Journal, WBGU-TV on women in comedy (January 2013)
Radio interview with NPR on LGBT representation in sitcoms (October 2012)
Consultant on popular culture methodology course development, Department of Communication, Popular Culture & Film, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (April 2012)
Interview, “Early Intervention and Gay and Lesbian Parents,” EDIS 4240: Consultation and Collaboration with Colleagues and Families, Bowling Green State University (June 2011)
Panelist, “Parenting a Child with Hearing Loss,” Northwest Ohio Regional Infant Hearing Program, Toledo, Ohio (May 2011)
Invited Expert Witness (declined) for Warner Brothers in litigation against The Ellen DeGeneres Show (May 2010)


Updated: 06/08/2021 12:15PM