Kristi Rowan Humphreys (Ph.D.)
Dr. Kristi Rowan Humphreys is committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the arts, education, and research, and to inspiring students to go beyond the standard investigation of a work by considering the possibilities involved in examining it through the lens of another discipline. Having completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Humanities, Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, she specializes in gender media and popular culture studies, film musicals and musical theater, and the visual culture of novelist William Faulkner. Her recent publications explore popular culture representations of housework and domesticity (Scarecrow Press), motherhood and fatherhood (Palgrave Macmillan Press), and magic and religion (Praeger/ABC-Clio Press). She also is a working stage and commercial actress, having performed in over forty professional productions, and a proud wife and mom. Dr. Humphreys hails from a ranch in the one-stoplight town of Lorena, Texas, where she was lovingly reared by a CPA and a nurse on Hamburger Helper, Angela Lansbury, hay-bale forts, church, and James Bond movies (but only when Dad said it was okay).