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In Memoriam

Alex Doty

Alex Doty Professor of Gender Studies and Communication & Culture


Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana, 1984
M.A., University of Illinois-Urbana



Alex Doty was born in a trunk at the Princess Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho. If you get that reference, then you won't be surprised to discover that he taught and worked in GLBTQ film and media studies. He was actually born in a military hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts the year the film quoted above came out. His family, however, finally claimed west Texas as home, and, after decades of resistance, he grew fond of the land of tumbleweeds, road runners, and horned toads. He received his BA from the University of Texas-El Paso (or "Harvard on the Border" as it is known on bumper stickers), and his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Previous to coming to Indiana, Alex held positions at The American University in Cairo and at Lehigh University, which is in Bethlehem, just down the road from Nazareth and Egypt, Pennsylvania. His major contributions to the (then emerging) field of queer cinema and media studies include Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture (Minnesota) and Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Cannon (Routledge), as well as the co-edited Out in Culture: Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Essays on Popular Culture (Duke) and two special issues on Camera Obscura: "Fabulous! Divas I and II."

Alex most recent projects included a co-written book (with IU's own Patty Ingham) on the monstrous and the medieval, a project on contemporary film melodrama, and articles on Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, and "Queer Hitchcock." He was thrilled to be at an institution that supported Kinsey's work.