Karisa Butler-Wall, PhD is a feminist and queer media studies scholar. Her work focuses on how film, television, video, and digital media shape bodies and populations around ideals of health and able-bodiedness. Her research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality, health and disability, race and ethnic studies, affect theory, new media and digital technology, social movements and activism, and U.S. history and popular culture.
Butler-Wall is currently Post-Doctoral Fellow in the the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell. She received her Ph.D in American Studies with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2016 and has previously taught at Bryn Mawr College and Macalester College. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, Routledge History of American Sexuality, Out History, and A People's Guide to New York City. She is working on a monograph titled Feeling Healthy: Media and the Affective Governance of Gender, Sexuality, and Disability.
She lives in Seattle, Washington, where you can often find her enjoying nature, plotting against the patriarchy, or cuddling with her two cats, Virginia and Gertrude.