Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. His research focuses on the analysis of transgender media, image production, and aesthetics. Over the course of his career, he has published multiple articles on the global circulation and political uses of queer and transgender popular images.
His forthcoming book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender (University of Illinois Press) is the first to interrogate the directors’ filmography (Bound, The Matrix, Sense8) from a transgender studies perspective, and the first academic monograph to include an interview with Lana Wachowski. Keegan reads the Wachowskis’ films as an aesthetic history of transgender political consciousness as it has evolved discursively in popular media, analyzing how their image-making has influenced the techniques and style of global cinema production. The book claims that, far from being a marginalized or subcultural phenomenon, transgender aesthetics are present and operating at the very center of 21st century global popular culture.
Keegan teaches courses in queer, transgender, and feminist theory, intersectionality, visual and textual cultures, digital studies, and LGBTQ social movements. He is currently the national Co-Chair of the Trans/Gender-Variant Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association in the United States.