Charity Fox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of American Studies, School of Humanities
American Studies MA Graduate Faculty
American Studies PhD Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6198
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W356m
Mailing Address:
W356M OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057

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Charity Fox is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University, M.L.A. in History and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching focus on intersections of gender, class, race, and everyday cultures in 20th and 21st century American popular culture, particularly on the construction of ideal and aspirational gender performances and cultural understandings of the self and others through television, film, popular literature, and journalism. Her work is informed by American Studies frameworks of gender, race, class, identity, and nationalism as well as by theories of cultural ritual, narratology, and ideology in mass-media products. Fox’s current book project, Before Blackwater: Mercenaries and Masculinities in the Popular Culture of the Cold War, examines how cultural products from the Cold War categorize and glorify mercenary and warrior masculinities.