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Diana Blaine

Professor (Teaching) of Writing and Gender Studies

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-1209
Office: JEF 150

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. English, University of California - Los Angeles, 1995

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of North Texas, 1996-2000  

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor, Teaching, University of Southern California, 2009-2010   
Senior Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2007-2008   
Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2001-2006  

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 2000-2001   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Dr. Blaine analyzes representations of death in American culture.

Research Keywords

death in American culture, representations of death in media, feminist theory, gender studies, images of women in art and advertising, Michael Jackson, Dr. Phil, JonBenet Ramsey, memorials

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Female Masculinity in the Workplace", Dykes We Like, Roundtable/Panel, University of Southern California, QuASA, GLBT Resource Center, Rainbow Floor, Invited, Fall 2011   
""Dead Like Me?: Constructions of Subjectivity in the Mummies of the World Exhibit"", The Carnival of Death: Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, University of London, Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, Spring 2011   
"Media Representations of Women in Power", Women's Leadership Retreat, Lecture/Seminar, Shalom Institute, Malibu, Center for Women and Men, USC, Invited, Spring 2011   
"Forever Famous: Michael Jackson's Memorial", Are Celebrities Mortal?, Roundtable/Panel, Paper, USC, The College Commons, Fall 2010   
""'Man Up': The Rhetoric of Dominant Masculinity on Dr Phil"", The Cultural Studies Association 7th Annual Meeting, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Kansas City, The Cultural Studies Department, Kansas State Univ, Spring 2009   
"The Media, Women and Leadership", Women's Leadership Retreat, Talk/Oral Presentation, Running Springs, CA, Center for Women and Men, University of Southern C, Invited, Spring 2009   

Other Presentations

"Facing Our Final Failure: Talking About Death and Dying", Series on Mortality , Dornsife Commons, USC, Fall 2011   
"Signs of Life: Decoding the Dead Body", Dialogue with Thomas Laqueur: Series on Mortality, Dornsife Commons, USC, Fall 2011   
"Dead Hollywood", Cemetery Tour, The College Commons, Hollywood, CA, Fall 2010   
"Living Ethically", What Matters to Me and Why, Office of Religious Life, USC, Spring 2010   

Other Research

Appearance as expert on the history of the women's movement in the United States in "Birth of an Independent Woman, Part 1 and Part 2." Mad Men Season 2 DVD., 2009-2010   


Book Chapter

Blaine, D. Y. "Death on Display: The Social Function of Bodies at the Mummies of the World Exhibit". The Power of Death Oxford: Berghahn Press.
Blaine, D. Y. (2011). "We Are Going to See the King": Christianity, Capitalism and Celebrity at Michael Jackson's Memorial. Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle Ashgate Press.
Blaine, D. Y. (2011). "Tell Me, Does She Talk During Sex?": The Gendering of Permissible Speech on Dr. Phil. Women and Language: Essays on Gendered Communiatio McFarland Press.
Blaine, D. Y. (2003). Death and the Crying of Lot 49. Thomas Pynchon: Reading from the Margins London: Associated University Presses.
Blaine, D. Y. (2003). The Abjection of Addie and Other Myths of the Maternal in As I Lay Dying. William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism Michigan State University Press.
Blaine, D. Y. (1999). Necrophilia, Pedophilia, or Both? The Sexualized Rhetoric of the JonBenet Ramsey Murder. Sexual Rhetoric: Media Perspectives on Sexuality Greenwood Press.

Journal Article

Blaine, D. Y. (2000). Death and the Novel: An Introduction. Studie in the Novel. Vol. 32 (2), pp. 107-111.
Blaine, D. Y. (1994). The Abjection of Addie and Other Myths of the Maternal in As I Lay Dying. Mississipi Quarterly. Vol. 47, pp. 419-39.


Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

"Beyond Books" table host, Fall 2010   
Faculty Mentor dinner and presentation on the Writing Program with residents, Graduate, Upperclassmen and Family Housing, Fall 2010   
Took students on tour of Mummies of the World exhibit at California Science Center. Returned with class on later date for special panel discussion with museum administrators., Fall 2010   
"Dykes We Like" panel member, GBLT and WSA, Spring 2010   
"Pro-Anorexia Websites" WSA panel speaker, Spring 2010   
Attended "Cats" at the Pantages Theater as Faculty Mentor, gave talk on the background of the play to students at intermission, Spring 2010   
Panel Member, "What's Your Fantasy?" WSA, Spring 2010   
Table Leader, Undergraduate Writer's Conference, Spring 2010   
Faculty Mentor panel member "Getting into Grad School" Parkside Dorm, Fall 2009   
Faculty Mentor trip to Grove with students from Parkside Dorm, Fall 2009   
GBLT Forum Moderator, Fall 2009   
Moderator, "Lesbian X-Rated." Sponsor Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Organization USC, Fall 2009   

Guest Lectures in Courses

Human Sexuality Covered the history of the movement for Women's rights in the United States as well as current issues and challenges, Fall 2011   

New Courses Developed

Fatal Fantasies: Representations of Death in American Culture, ARLT, What stories to we tell about death in America? Since our religious nation embraces death, promising transition to a "better" place, why are we afraid to die? Yet if we deny death, as scholars assert, then why are we surrounded by images of it, from skulls on hats to programs with corpses autopsied in front of our eyes? Near-death experience books top the best-seller lists. Vampire novels and movies dominate the charts. The class negotiates this bewildering array of seemingly incompatible cultural productions ranging from the scientific to the sentimental to the religious to the alien to the heroic to the erotic and the crassly materialistic. Using research from varied disciplines, we’ll investigate the paradigms behind these narratives, looking for consistencies and inconsistencies with dominant belief systems; examine how genre affects meaning in written, visual and virtual arts; and work towards an understanding of the ways death is made meaningful in today’s United S tates., Spring 2013   
Dead Los Angeles, Sociology, This Maymester course examines the way that death has shaped Los Angeles in four areas: rituals; construction of crime and disease; Hollywood myth and reality; Dark Tourism., Spring 2012   

Honors and Awards

Mellon Mentoring Award for Mentoring Undergraduates, 2013-2014   
Professor of the Year, Gamma Sigma Alpha, 2007-2008   
Remarkable Woman Award, 2005-2006   
Top 10 Faculty/Staff Mentor, 2004-2005   
Advanced Writing Teaching Award, 2003-2004   
Pursuit of Excellence in Teaching Award, University of North Texas, 1998-1999   

Service to the University


Member, Academic Senate, 2011-2012   
Member, Dornsife Faculty Council, 2011-2012   
Member, Dornsife Faculty Council Secretary, 2011-2012   
Member, Faculty Council, 2011-2012   
Member, Senate Committee on Non-Tenure Track Affairs, 2011-2012   
Member, Senate Faculty Environment Committee, 2011-2012   
Member, Academic Senate, 2010-2011   
Member, Dornsife Faculty Council, 2010-2011   
Member, Executive Board Nominating Committee, Academic Senate, 2010-2011   
Member, Merit Evaluations Appeals Committee, College, 2010-2011   
Member, Non-Tenure Track Promotions Committee, Dornsife College, 2010-2011   
Member, Writing Program Personnel Committee, 2010-2011   
Member, Academic Senate, 2009-2010   
Member, Faculty Caucus, 2009-2010   
Member, Faculty Council, 2009-2010   
Member, Nominating Committee, CAS, 2009-2010   
Member, Personnel Committee, The Writing Program, 2009-2010   

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

"Feminism and Gay Rights: Conflicts and Correspondences," Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ass, 2007-2008   
Featured Speaker, Women and Spirituality, Women's Student Assembly, 2007-2008   
Guest Faculty Speaker, Associated Trustee and Presidential Scholars Retreat, 2007-2008   
Guest Panel Member, Trans/Feminist Luncheon, 2007-2008   
Speaker, Making Ethical Life Choices, LEADership Week, 2007-2008   
Speaker, What Matters to Me and Why, Office of Religious Life, 2007-2008   
Speaker, Women's Leadership Workshop, the Center for Women and Men, 2007-2008   
Dinner with Diana Blaine, Women's Student Assembly, 2006-2007   
Speaker, Gamma Phi Beta Scholarship Dinner, 2006-2007   
Speaker, Student Government Diversity Affairs, 2006-2007   
Speaker, Women's Student Assembly, 2006-2007   
Table Host, Parent's Dinner, 2006-2007   

Other Service to the University

Beyond Books, Faculty Table Host, 2011-2012   
Faculty Fellow, Parkside Dorm, 2011-2012   
Undergraduate Writer's Conference, Panel Moderator, 2010-2011   
Attended "Cats" as faculty sponsor, Fall 2010   
Undergraduate Writer's Conference, Panel Moderator, 2009-2010   
"Lesbian X-Rated" moderator, discussion sponsored by GLBTA and WSA, Fall 2009   
Getting into Graduate School, Parkside Dorm, Fall 2009   
Faculty Fellow, Parkside Dorm, 2008-2009   
Faculty Table Host, Beyond Books, Fall 2008   
"Speak Out" USC Undergraduate Student Government University Affairs, Invited Speaker, 2006-2007   
"The F Word," Women's Student Assembly Featured Speaker, 2006-2007   
"To Thine Own Self Be True," Gamma Beta Phi Scholarship Dinner Featured Speaker, 2006-2007   
"What Matters to Me and Why" lecture series, 2006-2007   
Dinner with Dr. Blaine, Women's Student Assembly, 2006-2007   
Women and Sprituality, featured speaker. Women's Student Assembly, 2006-2007   
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