Graduate Student Profile

Patricia Nelson

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Biographical Sketch

Patricia Nelson studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and popular culture; feminist and queer cultural production; humor; and critical theories of gender and sexuality. Her dissertation will consider the circulation of the figure of the "funny lesbian" in 20th-century American culture in order to trace the changing relationship between humor, sexual identity and popular forms. Patricia's work has been published in Theatre Journal, FlowTV and In Media Res, and she has presented papers at the national conferences of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the National Women's Studies Association and the American Comparative Literature Association, among others. Patricia holds an MA in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and was a participant in the School for Criticism and Theory at Cornell University in the summer of 2012. She is also enrolled in the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program at USC.


  • B.A. English, College of William and Mary, 05/2008
  • M.A. Gender Studies, University of Texas, Austin, 05/2010
  • M.A. English, University of Southern California, 05/2012

Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant, English Department, University of Texas at Austin, 2009 - 2010
  • Assistant Lecturer, Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant Lecturer, Thematic Option Honors Program, University of Southern California, 2012 - Present


Research Keywords

  • 20th- and 21st-century American literature and visual culture; gender studies; queer studies; humor; autobiography; theatre, performance and media studies



  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377