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Alison L. McKee earned a BA and MA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied film and literature in the English and Film Studies departments. She went on to get a PhD in film and media studies at UCLA, focusing on film history, narrative, and gender issues in classical American cinema. She has presented and published numerous papers at national and international film and television conferences, and she has been invited to speak in the US and abroad on a range of topics related to film, gender, ethnicity, and politics.
Professor McKee's research interests include transdisciplinary study of the arts and media forms, film and popular culture, film history, classical American cinema, gender, politics, and film theory and philosophy. She is currently writing about Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures and the other cultural, historical, dramatic, journalistic, and academic discussions of the Parker-Hulme murder (1954) on which it is based.
Professor McKee is a SJSU Salzburg Fellow for AY 2009-1010. Affiliated with the International Studies Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, Salzburg Fellows (administrators, faculty, and staff) and Scholars (students) attend a week-long program on global citizenship in Salzburg during the summer. Upon their return, they commit to specific collaborative projects to deepen SJSU's construction of a culturally, ecologically, and economically sustainable world.