Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
2002 – PhD Communications, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carrie Rentschler’s research examines the relationship between media witnessing and citizenship, the gendered politics of fear and security, the media activism of social movements, mediated girlhoods, and feminist anti-violence work. Her first book analyzed how the U.S. victims’ rights movement translated a political discourse of secondary victimization into a set of media strategies for representing victims from the gendered perspectives of familial parent-child relations. Her current book project examines the social epistemology of the bystander problem and its cultural origins in the 1964 sexual assault and murder of Kitty Genovese.