Kate Edney head shot

Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment Accreditation and Research

College Hall 311
Department SAS Administration

Mailing Address

Regis College box 21

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Kate Edney served as the associate registrar at Bowdoin College for five years. 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.


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in American Studies, Michigan State University

    Master of Arts in American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine

    Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Hampshire College

    Kathryn Edney, “Making Sense of Integration: Sing Out, Sweet Land (1944), African Americans, and the Democratic Ideal.” New England Theatre Journal. 2018.

    Kathryn Edney, “Let’s Misbehave? Cell Phone Technology and Audience Behaviors.” In iBroadway: Musical Theatre in the Digital Age, ed. Jessica Hillman. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2018.

    Kathryn Edney, Teaching History with Musicals. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.

    Kathryn Edney, “Actors Act. Directors Direct. Producers…Produce? Mel Brooks’s The Producers and the Creation of an Archetype.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers, ed. Laura MacDonald and William Everett. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2017.

    Kathryn Edney, “Tapping the Ivories: Jazz and Tap Dance in Jelly’s Last Jam (1992).” In Gestures of Musical Theatre: The Performativity of Song and Dance, Vol. 2: Song and Dance, ed. Dominic Symonds and Millie Taylor. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

    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.