Ph.D. American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University, 1999
Dr. Dawn Heinecken is Professor, Women's and Gender Studies.
- Heinecken, Dawn. The Warrior Women of Television: A Feminist Cultural Analysis of the New Female Body in Popular Media. (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2003).
- Shields, Vickie Rutledge with Dawn Heinecken. Measuring Up: How Advertising Affects Self-Image. (Baltimore, MD: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001). **Winner of the National Communication Association 2004 Award of Excellence in Visual Communication Research
- Heinecken, Dawn. “The Reality of Fiction and the Ethics of Storytelling in Eleanor Estes' The Witch Family." Children’s Literature in Education 41. 3 (2010): 260-272.
- Heinecken, Dawn. “Sexed Appeals: Network Marketing Organizations and Adult Novelty Home Parties” Studies in Popular Culture 31. 2 (2009): 23-43. ** Winner of the 2009 George Whatley Prize.
- Rutledge Shields, Vickie and Dawn Heinecken.” Kelloggs and Virginia Slims Offer Only a ‘Wink’ for Women While New Advertising Campaigns Dare to Enter the Sign of Feminism.” In Women, Advertising and Representation: Beyond Familiar Paradigms, ed. Sue Abel, Marjan deBruin and Anita Nowak (Hampton Press, 2009).
- Heinecken, Dawn. “Toys Are Us: Contemporary Feminisms and the Consumption of Sexuality.” In Pop-Porn: Pornography in American Culture, ed. Ann C. Hall and Mardia Bishop (London: Praeger, 2007).
- Heinecken, Dawn. “Barbie.” In American Icons, ed. Dennis R. Hall and Susan Grove Hall (Westport CT: Greenwood Publishing, 2006).
- Heinecken, Dawn. “‘I Wasn’t Planning on Hurting You-Much’: Sadomasochism, Melodrama and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fan Fiction.” Spectator 25.1 (2005): 48-60.
- Heinecken, Dawn. “No Cage Can Hold Her Rage? Gender, Transgression, Containment and the WWF’s Chyna.” In Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture, ed. Sherrie A. Inness (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004).
- Heinecken, Dawn. “Fan Readings of Sex and Violence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Slayage: The On-Line International Journal of Buffy Studies. 3.3-4 (2004) [peer-reviewed journal]
- Heinecken, Dawn. “Boundary Battles: Heroic Narratives, the Feminine, and MTV’s Aeon Flux.” Studies in Popular Culture 24. 1 (2001): 71-86.
- Heinecken, Dawn. “Changing Ideologies in Romance Fiction.” Romantic Conventions. Ed. Anne K. Kaler and Rosemary Johnson-Kurek. Bowling Green: The Popular Press, 1999.
- Gromko, Joyce, and Dawn Heinecken. “The Garage Band: An Alternative Music Venue.” Research Perspectives in Music Education, 1, (1999): 9-13.
- Heinecken, Dawn and Joyce Gromko. “Action Research: Narrative Analysis of Conflict in Higher Education.” On-line Martin Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2. Available at http://www.martin.uidaho.edu/ (1999).
- “Fighting The Forces: What’s At Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery (Popular Communication 1.3 (2003):185-187.
Current and recent courses:
- Women in American Culture (introductory WGST course)
- Gender & Public Dialogue (fulfills general education requirement in oral communication)
- Body in Popular Media
- Gender and Children’s Literature (cross-listed with English)
- Women, Media & Culture
- Feminist Research and Theory in the Humanities
- Gender and Science Fiction
My research focuses on critical/cultural approaches to the study of gender representation in popular media, cultural studies, media audience reception and feminist criticism.