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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 writing. 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 recently appeared in Slate, NPR, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Criterion Collection, PBS NewsHour, The Los Angeles Times, The AV Club, Entertainment Weekly, and KCRW’s Good Food among other venues. Tongson is currently finishing a book called, NORMPORN: Television and the Spectacle of Normalcy (NYU Press). She is the director of the Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race & Public Culture at USC Dornsife, and co-hosts the GenX-themed podcast Waiting to X-Hale with Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh.