Dr. M. Catherine Jonet, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Photo by Laura Anh Williams


Dr. M. Catherine Jonet

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival Founder & Co-Director

Office:  Breland Hall, Rm. 254A

Email: mjonet@nmsu.edu


Education:  Ph.D., English (Critical Theory and Cultural Studies) with a Graduate Minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, 2007 (Purdue University); M.A., English with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, 2001 (Indiana State University); M.A., The Humanities, 2000 (Indiana State University); M.A., French Language and Literature, 1995 (Indiana State University); B.A., French Language and Literature, 1993 (Indiana State University)

Teaching and Research Interests: Queer theory, LGBT+ Studies, Feminist Theory, Disability Studies; Cultural Studies (Film, Literature, and Visual Culture)

Courses Taught: Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies; Alternative Genders and Sexualities; Feminist Theory; Gender & Graphic Narrative, and Gender & Film Studies; Special Topics Courses: Queer Contemporary Literature, Critical Disability Studies, & Feminist Aesthetics

Research: I use critical theory to unpack cultural representations of gender, desire, same-sex sexuality, and race in creative media (literature, film/tv studies, and visual representation).  I am very interested in texts that can be described as “queer” (in one form or another) by female cultural producers. These texts often trouble received knowledges about gender, class, sexuality, and nation; they also often trouble literary and filmic narrative conventions.

About My Classes: My courses are first and foremost spaces for critical thinking about signifying practices. They are built around the different interpretations of meaning and thinking through ideas and cultural logics. We become close readers of text/discourses (literary, visual, theoretical, cultural) and use discussion (in essays and as a group) to unpack and (in)form meaning. Our analytical method seeks to give thoughtful attention to what is said, how it is said, what is implied, and what/who is discussed as well as the endeavor to understand why. Students support ideas with details, quotes, and reflective interpretations of texts/meanings.


Select Publications

  • “Desire and Queer Adolescence: Céline Sciamma’s Naissance des pieuvres.” Journal of Popular Culture
  • “At the Interstices of Diaspora: Queering the Long Story Short in Caribbean Literature by Women” Contemporary Essays on the Postcolonial Short Story Edited by Paul March-Russell and Maggie Awadalla. London: Palgrave Macmillian, 2013.
  • “Reconfigurations of The L Word.” with Laura Anh Williams. Televising Queer Women 2nd Edition. Edited by Rebecca Beirne. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • “Our Graphics, Ourselves: Graphic Narrative and the Gender Studies Classroom” Critical Approaches to Teaching Graphic Narratives in the Literature Classroom Edited by Lan Dong. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2012.
  • “‘Everything else is the same’: Configurations of The L Word” (with Laura Anh Williams). Televising Queer Women. Edited by Rebecca Beirne. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • “‘She Doesn’t Know the Truth About Me’: ‘The shaping presence’ of the Closet in Amma Darko’s Beyond the Horizon. Critical Essays on Gender and Sexuality in African Literature and Film. Edited by Ada U. Azodo. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2006.
  • “‘Divan of Tamarit’ by Federico García Lorca.” in Comparative Criticism Vol. 22. Edited by E.S. Shaffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000

Select Paper Presentations:


  • Carol: Reframing Classical Hollywood Cinema as Queer Assemblage.” Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference (San Diego, CA April 12-15, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter with Laura Anh Williams: “Queer Mourning in The Gangster We Are All Looking For.” American Literature Association National Conference (San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 2016)
  • “Queer Adolescence in Céline Sciamma’s Water Lilies and Tomboy.” Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference (New Orleans, LA, April 1-4)
  • “Deneuve, Junon: Constructing Adult Motherhood in Un Conte de Noël and Après Lui.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 2012.
  • “Fear, Dread, and Girlhood in Hadzihalilovic’s Innocence and Breillat’s Barbe Bleue.” Joint meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Antonio, TX, March 2011.
  • “Grief of the Mother: The Incomprehensibility of Loss in Graphic Narrative by Lilli Carré and Megan Kelso.” Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference, Chicago, April 2011.
  • “Electra Becomes Queer Mourning: Grief and the Father in Bechdel’s Fun Home and Gottlieb’s Jokes and the Unconscious” The Third Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network In Collaboration with San Diego State University, July 2010
  • “Of the Domesticity of Queers: Reimaging Family in Stacey D’Erasmo’s A Seahorse Year” 8th Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference at Berkeley, California, March 2010.
  • “Revolutionary Assemblages: Riot Grrrl and the Making of Postmodern Feminist Culture,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Boston, MA, November 2009.

Teaching Honor: The Teaching Academy at NMSU has selected Dr. Jonet’s teaching philosophy to be featured on their website.

Select Creative Work:

Digital Filmmaker and Creator of Original Musical Score

A Word to Young Ladies (short length format)

  • Official Selection, Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, 2014
  • Official Selection, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, 2013

Sound Art/Electronic Music

  • Cinematica,” in Chance, a multi-media program of music and video.  No Strings Attached Theatre Company, Black Box Theater, Las Cruces, NM, June 2010.