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Dr. Kathleen B. Casey

Kathleen B. Casey

Assistant Professor of History


B.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester

Office Location: Birdsong 206
Phone: 757-455-2116
Affiliation: Faculty
Department/s: History

Kathleen Casey received her doctorate in History in 2010 from the University of Rochester and is the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award for Most Distinguished Dissertation in Women’s Studies. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester from 2010-2011, before serving as the Dean’s Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Honors College from 2011-2012. Dr. Casey joined the faculty of the History Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Wesleyan College in 2012.

Her area of expertise is late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American cultural and social history. Her research interests include modern American popular and material culture, gender and sexuality, and African-American history and she specializes in the history of American vaudeville.  Professor Casey teaches a variety of courses at Virginia Wesleyan College, including Reinterpreting the Roaring Twenties, African American History Since the Civil War, Race in the American City, Apparel in American History, Big Brother in the Bedroom, U.S. Women’s History, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.  



The Prettiest Girl on Stage is a Man: Race and Gender Benders in American Vaudeville (University of Tennessee Press, September 2015)

“Sex, Savagery and the Woman Who Made Vaudeville Famous,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, University of Nebraska Press, Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2015.

“‘The Jewish Girl with a Colored Voice’: Sophie Tucker and the Sounds of Gender and Race in Modern America,” Journal of American Culture, Wiley Periodicals, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2015.

Exporting Perilous Pauline: Pearl White and the Serial Film Craze, for Women and Social Movements, Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2014.

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