Kathryn Edney

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean, Academic Assessment, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanities, and Director, MA in Heritage Studies for a Global Society

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PhD, American Studies, Michigan State University, 2009

MA, American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine, 1998

BA, Cultural Anthropology, Hampshire College, 1994


Dr. Edney earned her BA in anthropology from Hampshire College and her MA in American and New England studies from the University of Southern Maine and served as the associate registrar at Bowdoin College for five years before pursuing and earning her PhD in American studies at Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU she also served as managing editor for the Journal of Popular Culture for three years and is now a member of the journal’s editorial board. Her primary research interests involve explorations of race and ethnicity in American musical theater. She has taught a variety of courses on topics ranging from American musical theater to the US Civil War, from early American/Native American encounters to museum studies.

With experience in historical and cultural research, public history, publishing and editing, music and theater, Dr. Edney is a valued asset to the Department of History, Cultural Heritage and World Languages. Her interest in American studies, cultural production, and historical theater offer valuable research and experiential learning opportunities to Regis students interested in public history, museum theater, popular culture, and more. Dr. Edney has taught at Plymouth State University, and has taught at the University of New England, and held teaching and research assistantships at Michigan State University.


Kathryn Edney and Jeff Johnson, “‘Should We Be Reading This in College?’ How the Transition from Traditional to Popular Culture Texts Changes Students’ Writing,” in Movies, Music, and More: Pop Culture in the English Studies Classroom, ed. Allison Smith (Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2011).

Kathryn Edney, “‘Integration Through the Wide Open Back Door’: African Americans Respond to Flower Drum Song (1958),” Studies in Musical Theatre 4.3 (2010): 261-272.

Kathryn Edney and Kit Hughes, “Hello WALL-E! Nostalgia, Utopia, and the Science Fiction Musical” in Light-years From Home: Music in Science Fiction Film., ed. Mathew J. Bartkowiak (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010).

Kathryn Edney, “The Producers (The Musical, 2001),” Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture, ed. Thomas A. Greenfield (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010).

Kathryn Edney, “Pal Joey (1940),” Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture, ed. Thomas A. Greenfield (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2010).

Kathryn Edney, “Adapting and Integrating: The Color Purple as Broadway Musical,” in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, ed. Kheven LaGrone (Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2009).

Kathryn Edney, “Guest Editorial: Genre Mixing,” Journal of Popular Culture 41.4 (2008): 567-568.

Kathryn Edney, “A New Brechtian Musical? An Analysis of Urinetown (2001),” in Brecht and Broadway, ed. Chris Westgate, 100-21 (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).

Kathryn Edney, “Resurrecting the American Musical: Film Noir, Jazz, and the Rhetoric of Tradition in City of Angels,” Journal of Popular Culture 40.6 (2007): 936-52.

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