Katie Kapurch, Ph.D.

Writer, Professor, Scholar of Pop Culture

  • Literature, Visual Media, and Music
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Race
  • The Beatles, Disney, Twilight
  • Melodrama, Fairy Tales, and the Romance

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Katie Kapurch specializes in the study of popular culture, including literature, visual media, and music. As a scholar of the Beatles, Disney, Twilight, and other major phenomena, she offers fresh insights into their appeal, especially when it comes to gender, sexuality, and race.

As Associate Professor of English at Texas State University, she teaches courses on youth culture, fairy tales and myth, and British literature. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies with a Portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Katie’s forthcoming book, Blackbird Singing: Black Music, the Beatles, and Transatlantic Flight (Penn State University Press), is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previous publications include Victorian Melodrama in the Twenty-First Century: Jane Eye, Twilight, and the Mode of Excess in Popular Girl Culture, New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles: Things We Said Today (co-edited with Kenneth Womack), and other scholarly and public-facing writing linked on this website.