Katherine A Phelps



3323 Sterling Hall

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Curriculum Vitae

Kate Phelps has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She has been a lecturer with the GWS department at UW-Madison since spring of 2017. She teaches body politics, feminist theory, and fat studies. Her central research interests include body politics, girlhood studies, digital sociology, fat studies, feminist theories, and feminist pedagogies.


GWS 320: The Female Body in the World: Gender and Contemporary Body Politics in Cross Cultural Perspective
GWS 449: From Past Feminisms to Postfeminism: Feminism for the 21st Century
GWS 539: Framing Fatness: Gender, Size, Constructing Health


Phelps, K.A. 2018. “Am I Pretty Enough for You Yet?: Resistance through Parody in the Pretty or Ugly YouTube Trend” in Body Battlegrounds. Edited by Chris Bobel and Samantha Kwan. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Phelps, K.A. 2016. “Taking Up Digital Space: Power and Potentialities of Fatness on Social Media.” Spring. Blog post for American Sociological Association section on Body and Embodiment.

Phelps, K.A. and Narby, C. 2013. “As Big as a House: Representations of the Extremely Fat Woman and the Home.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary of Body Weight and Society 2(2):147-159.