Karen Tice is a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. She also teaches in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and has received the Provost’s award for teaching excellence. Her teaching and research interests include transnational feminist movements, educational activism and student cultures, marketing student bodies, and class and feminist mobilizations. She is currently working on a book project on the history of feminist border crossings and solidarity activism in Cuba and debates about gender, sexuality, class, and radical politics.
Dr. Tice’s first book Tales of Wayward Girls and Immoral Women: Case Records and the Professionalization of Social Work (Illinois, 1998) explored the surveillance and regulation of working-class and immigrant bodies and behavior in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by white, middle-class social reformers in the U.S. It focused on the micro-politics of class, narrative authority, and professional constructions of respectability, innocence, and degeneracy.
She examined the themes of class, race, body and beauty politics, normativity, self-regulation, performativity, and the corporatization of higher education and student cultures in her recent book, Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageants, Student Bodies, and Campus Life (Oxford University Press, 2012) which was selected for the 2012 Critics Choice Book Award given by the American Educational Studies Association. (http://www.amazon.com/Queens-Academe-Pageantry-Student-College/dp/0199842809) and selected for an Author Meets Critic session at the 2013 National Women’s Studies Association conference.
Dr. Tice has published articles on class and activism, feminist pedagogies, and gendered and racialized economies of makeover and beauty politics in Feminist Studies, Journal of Women’s History, Gender & Society, Feminist Teacher, Journal of Appalachian Studies, and Genders and book chapters in edited collections including Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism, Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media, and Popular Culture, Bad Mothers: The Politics of Blame in Twentieth-Century America, Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change, and Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought.
Recent Invited Presentations:
“Women in the Media Across Europe and the U.S.,” Czech Republic Congress of Women, Prague.
“Race, Beauty Politics, and College Pageantry,” Gender, Race & Space Seminar Series, University of Kansas.
“Beauty, Bodies, and American Higher Education,” School of Social Sciences, Shanghai University.
“The Politics of Beauty and Bodies in Higher Education,” Transylvania University.
“Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Body Politics, and Campus Life,” Cornell University, Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
“Queens of Academe: Student Bodies and the Politics of Race,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.
“Upgrading College Men and Women: Reality TV and Enhancement on Campus,” “International Research Symposium on Gender Cultures and Reality Television,” University of Auckland, NZ.