Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
American History since 1865; Comparative Women’s History, Cultural History, U.S. South, Violence.
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Published: Sep 14, 2016 by Gender in the Vampire Narrative
Authors: Kristina DuRocher, volume edited by Amanda Hobson and U. Melissa Anyiwo
This article traces the evolution of vampire men from the grotesque animated corpses of the past to the recent representations of them as romantic. As the prevalent anxieties of a society evolve, so do vampire men’s appearance, mannerisms, ideologies, and interactions with women. This article explores the shifting cultural representations of vampire men from earlier concerns about upholding and rewarding male patriarchy to modern day apprehensions about its place in our culture.
Published: Mar 13, 2011 by University Press of Kentucky
Authors: Kristina DuRocher
I explore how white southerners created a culture for their youth that idealized white supremacy as a necessary and justified social order. The preservation of segregation required whites of all ages to uphold a strict social order to ensure the continued survival of white supremacy. I examine the racial and gendered roles into which white youth were socialized at home, in schools, in community groups, and as participants in racial violence.
Published: Jan 31, 2011 by Teaching Information Literacy Online
Authors: Kristina DuRocher, Lisa Nichols
Subjects: Education, History
This chapter describes a teaching collaboration done over several years within a Modern World History course and demonstrates the evolving process, challenges, and benefits of teaching using online content. We framed this exercise as a “Game of Research” where students were assigned historical fates and guided through the “game” to explore and write about their person’s historical experiences.
Published: Feb 15, 2009 by Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the New South
Authors: Kristina DuRocher, edited by Craig Thompson Friend.
This chapter explores the gender crisis for white males in the New South for white males who participated in ritualized violence as a method for temporarily restoring white masculinity. After the Civil War destabilized the patriarchy in which slavery was rooted, it became imperative for white men to find alternative ways to demonstrate effective manhood. Lynchings became a space where white Southerners defended white male supremacy in a public ritual of brutality against African American men.