Oona Cullen


Oona Blood Cullen (B.A., Bard College; M.A., Cornell University) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Literatures in English, with graduate minors in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Media Studies. Her current research focuses on contemporary American and British performing and media art, with particular attention to the material, formal, and narrative valences and entanglements of embodied experiences of gender, sexuality, and race which play out within these particular structures. She is a passionate teacher, and the winner of the 2023 Gitner TA Award. Her essay “Black Queer Cosmologies, Sonic Geographies, and Embodied Entanglement in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays” was the 2023 recipient of the Marvin Carlson Essay Award. 

Research Focus

  • Methodologies of Performing and Media Arts
  • 21st Century American and British Literature, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Narratology and Formalism
  • Feminist Materialisms
  • Ethnic/Critical Race Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Embodiment
  • Pedagogy