Kristeen McKee primarily teaches and researches popular culture and visual communication in the Department of Communication Studies at Huntington University.
She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in the department of Human Studies at Laurentian University. As part of this project, she explores how The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios construct post-human characters in select animated features. Her research examines a triad of symbolic systems (visual, aural and narrative) to better understand the ideologies that are encoded in the construction of Pixar’s toys, robots and machines. Throughout, she questions how these popular texts shape beliefs about humanity based on signifiers of gender, sexuality, race and class.
She considers herself fortunate to be in a position to think, talk and write about pop culture.
Kristeen McKee also serves as an Associate Director of The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence as well as a Co-Director of the Centre for Communication Studies at Huntington University.