Meredith Heller, PhD

Meredith Heller Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Women's and Gender Studies
Blg #70 Rm #273
Phone: 928-523-8063
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Meredith Heller is a Faculty Lecturer of Queer Studies in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Northern Arizona University. She specializes in queer theory and critical identity studies, with additional expertise in gender-bending performance and digital media entertainment.


  • Gender and Sexuality: queer theory, feminist theory, the body and sexuality in history
  • Performance: theatrical gender-bending and drag, US popular entertainment
  • Media Studies: digital media, television studies


Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara (Theater Studies and Feminist Studies)
M.A. California State University, Sacramento (Theater Studies)
B.A. Pacific Lutheran University (Women’s Studies)
B.F.A. Pacific Lutheran University (Theater)


Introduction to Queer Studies
Women, Gender Identity, and Ethnicity
Feminist Theories
Advanced Readings in Queer Studies
Controversies in Cross-Dressing (graduate course)
Topics: Feminist Media Studies
Topics: What is “Gaga Feminism”?
Topics: The Politics of Representation
Topics: The Intersexed Body in History

What a Drag! Redefining Gender-Bending as Discourse and Practice. Indiana University Press.


“Reproduction and the Feminist (Re)Conception of Womanbeing in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa.” Research in African Literatures. Forthcoming.

“Is She He?: Drag Discourses and Drag Logic in Online Media Reports of Gender Variance.” Feminist Media Studies vol. 16, no. 3 (2016): 445–459.

“Female-Femmeing: a Gender-Bent Performance Practice.” QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking vol. 2, no. 3 (2015): 1–23.

“Gender-Bending in El Teatro Campesino (1968–1980): A Mestiza Epistemology of Performance.” Gender & History vol. 24, no. 03 (2012): 766–781.

“‘Riots’ is Racist.” Lawyers, Guns & Money. November 26, 2014.



“The Politics of Realness in Contemporary Drag Werk.” The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting. San Diego, April 12-15, 2017.

“Stormé DeLarverie, Stonewall, and the Stakes of Butch Identification.” National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukie, Wisconsin. November 12–15, 2015.

“I Tumbl(r) for You: Confronting ‘Post’ Entrenchment with Praxis-Based Learning.” Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism. Dublin, Ireland. June 18–20, 2015.

“Is She Really a He?: Tracing Drag Logic in Media Accounts of Gender Variance.” Gender and Media Area. The PopularCulture Association/American Culture Association, Chicago, IL. April 16–19,2014.


“Revolutionary Words: Professors Pick Most Culturally Influential Books.” The Lumberjack Newspaper. Northern Arizona University, April 8, 2016.

Guest Commentator, “Drag Queen Asks: Is Drag Degrading to Women?” AirTalk, National Public Radio Affiliate KPCC, Los Angeles, CA, February 18, 2015.