Karina Eileraas graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in French, Women’s Studies, and International Relations. She began her Ph.D. in French & Francophone Studies with minors in Performance Studies & Gender Studies at Northwestern University, and subsequently became the first graduate of the Ph.D. program in Women’s Studies at UCLA.
Eileraas is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at USC. Previously, she worked with Judith Butler as a Mellon Research Associate on a project related to sexuality, misrecognition, and the Arab Spring with the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley, where she also served as a Visiting Faculty with the Gender & Women’s Studies Department. She has also taught in Gender Studies, International Development Studies, and MENA/ Global Studies at UCLA and Carleton College.
Her areas of interest include sexual fantasy, violence & visual culture; gender in media and celebrity culture; Marilyn Monroe, femininity, and the politics of the gaze; punk music and grrl bands; nationalism, sexuality, and revolution; women’s autobiographical practices in the MENA; film, photography, and performance studies; exile, nostalgia and diaspora studies. Her book Between Image and Identity: Transnational Fantasy, Symbolic Violence and Feminist Misrecognition (Lexington Books 2007) addresses women’s autobiographical art and literature with respect to experiences of transnational trauma including colonization, revolution, exile, and rape in Algeria and Southeast Asia. In addition to her work on Aliaa Al-Mahdy’s nude protest as a form of transnational feminist praxis, she is currently revising an article on the French-Lebanese film “Lila dit ca” and editing an anthology of feminist and queer critical reflections on Marilyn Monroe.