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 queer and transgender media histories and aesthetics. Over the course of his career, he has published multiple articles on the circulation, reception, and politics of queer and transgender film, television, and photography.
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, trans* aesthetics are present and operating at the very center of 21st century global popular culture.
Keegan teaches courses in transgender, queer, and feminist theories, popular and visual cultures, American studies, and LGBTQ cultures/identities/histories.