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Karen Tongson

USC
Chair, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Professor, English and American Studies & Ethnicity
Karen Tongson is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters, and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries. In 2019, she received Lambda Literary’s Jeanne Córdova Award for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction for her body of work to date. She is chair of gender & sexuality studies, and Professor of gender & sexuality studies, English and American studies & ethnicity at USC. She is also co-editor of the award-winning book series, Postmillennial Pop with Henry Jenkins at NYU Press. Her writing and cultural commentary have appeared in NPR, LARB (Los Angeles Review of Books), The Los Angeles Times, The AV Club, Entertainment Weekly, L.A. Weekly, BuzzFeed Reader, The Washington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Public Books, among venues. Tongson is currently finishing a book called, NORMPORN: Television and the Spectacle of Normalcy (NYU Press). She co-hosts the podcasts Waiting to X-Hale with Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and the limited series, The Gaymazing Race with Nicole J. Georges. She directs the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race & Popular Culture, a start-up podcast network in USC Dornsife.