McKee, Alison L.

McKee, Alison L.

Associate Professor
Radio-Television-Film Program
Department of Television-Radio-Film-Theatre




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M 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. and by appointment, beginning January 26, 2015


  • Ph.D., Department of Film and Media Studies, UCLA, 2003


Alison L. McKee is an Associate Professor in the Radio-Television Film program at San Jose State University. She specializes in film history, theory, criticism, and research. A writer, Professor McKee earned a B.A. and M.A in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and went on to get a Ph.D. in film and media studies at UCLA, focusing particularly on film history, narrative, and gender issues in classical American cinema. She presents regularly at national and international conferences and been invited to speak in the U.S. and abroad on a range of topics related to film, digital media, gender, and emerging technologies. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals and books. Among them are McKee's The Woman's Film of the 1940s: Gender, Narrative, and History (Routledge, 2014), “’Think of Me Fondly’: Voice, Body, Affect, and Performance in Prince/Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.” Studies in Musical Theatre 7:3 2014, and a chapter in New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past (eds. Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant, Hilary Radner, Intellect UK/The Chicago of University Press, 2011). McKee is a SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2009-1010) and the recipient of several grants and awards for her writing and work within film and literary studies.

Professor McKee is currently at work on a project devoted to the relationship between radio and film production during the era of classical Hollywood film. Originally trained in literature and film, McKee is always, at the core, a student and teacher of the cultural and aesthetic significance of narrative in its historical context. Of particular interest to her is the manner in which issues of gender and sexuality shape and inform narrative across different media. Currently there is nothing she would rather be doing than curling up with a favorite Victorian novel, a vintage piece of pulp fiction discovered in a second-hand store, a newly discovered example of fan writing on the internet, or a three-hankie woman’s film from the 1940s. When not working, McKee can occasionally be found in Second Life where she builds and maintains beautiful ocean-front property and hangs out at virtual Irish pubs.

In addition to teaching in the RTVF program, Professor McKee has taught and advised graduate students in Theatre Arts and served as an Associate Director in the School of Music and Dance (2011-2012).