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Mary Ingram-Waters

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Faculty Chair and Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Princ Lect RMY+Hon Fac Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Lect Sr RMY+Hon Fac Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography

Mary Ingram-Waters joined the faculty of Barrett, the Honors College, in January, 2009, after the birth of her second daughter. She completed her doctorate in sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2008. Her thesis, “Fictions of New Biological Sciences: Exploring Cultural Sites of Knowledge Production,” examines three different fictional arenas to uncover hidden histories and alternative experts of new biological and genetic technologies: 1970s lesbian science fiction, the 2002 Raelians’ cloning hoax, and an online amateur fiction community dedicated to the phenomenon of male pregnancy. While a doctoral student at UCSB, Professor Ingram-Waters held a two-year research fellowship at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and a one year research fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies of Science, Technology, and Society, in Graz, Austria. She was awarded the inaugural dissertation fellowship by the Capps Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. Publications from her dissertation research have appeared in Public Understanding of Science and the Yearbook of the STS-IAS. Professor Ingram-Waters sums up her research interests thusly: How do people use their imaginations to understand science and technology?

Dr. Waters' current teaching and research interests explore the intersections of gender, sexualities, and fandoms. She has taught honors seminars on fandom cultures, global fandoms, and science, technology, and sexualities. Her publications have explored the dynamics of gender, race, and sexualities in sports, esports, electronic games, television, film, and music fandoms. She has written commentary or spoken to the media, local and national, on Harry PotterStar TrekOverwatch, Taylor Swift, the NFL, ScandalSupernaturalGood Omens, and celebrities' use of social media platforms. She has directed or participated in more than 40 honors theses and published with three undergraduate students. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara 2008
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara 2001
  • B.A. Major: Sociology; Minor: Women’s Studies, University of West Georgia 1997
Research Interests

Sociology, Science, Technology, & Society, Social Inequalities, Fan Studies, and New Media Studies.

Publications

2019                “Queerbaiting in Video Games: A Case Study of Overwatch.” With Isabela Silva (Barrett student), in Joseph Brennan, Editor, Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans through Homoerotic Possibilities, University of Iowa Press.

 

2019                “Pregnant Men and their Reconfigurations of Pregnancy.” Solicited Chapter, Male Femininities. Eds. Dana Berkowitz, Elroi Windsor, and Chong-Suk Han. New York, NY: New York University Press. Forthcoming.

 

2019                “Click Here to Buy. Click Here to Vote.” Transformative Works and Cultures. Forthcoming.

2018                “Blurring Production Boundaries with Fan Empowerment: Scandal as Social Television”, with Leslie Balderas (Barrett student), in Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation. Eds. Rachel A. Griffin and Michaela Meyer. New Brunswick, NJ:  Routledge. 197-213.

 

2017                Review, The Fantasy Sports Industry: Games within Games, Brody Ruihley and Andrew Billings, Sociology of Sport Journal, 34 (1): 90-91.

 

2016                “Dismantling “You Get What You Deserve”: Toward a Feminist Sociology of Revenge Porn”, with Emilee Eikren (Barrett student), Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 10. https://adanewmedia.org/2016/10/issue10-eikren-ingramwaters/

 

2016                “To Seek Out New Star Trek Fans and Form New Star Trek Civilizations,” Invited essay, Popmatters! Special Issue: Star Trek at 50. http://www.popmatters.com/feature/to-seek-out-new-star-trek-fans-and-form-new-star-trek-civilizations/

 

2015                “Writing the Pregnant Man.” Transformative Works and Cultures, 20. http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0651

 

2015                “Gender, Sexuality, and Technology in Male Pregnancy: An Analysis of Lee Mingwei and Virgil Wong’s POP! The First Human Male Pregnancy.” Sexualities 19: 138-155.

 

2014                “Enlightenment Philosophy.” Invited essay. The Sage Encyclopedia of

Theory. Eds. James Mattingly and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 394Special Topics
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas