Michael Goebel

Lecturer [SOC S]
Dept:Sociology - LAS
Office:332 Carver
411 Morrill Rd
Ames IA

Michael J. Goebel is a Lecturer in the English department and Women’s and Gender Studies program at Iowa State University, and a Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University. He is currently finishing his dissertation entitled, “Beached White Male”: Imperiled Masculinity and The Great Recession, which interrogates the cultural narrative of white male decline following the economic collapse of 2008.

Michael is the recipient of the 2014 American Men’s Studies Association Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarship, as well as being given awards for teaching and mentorship from the Iowa State University Women’s and Gender Studies program. He has published two book chapters while working on his doctorate that analyze the intersection of gender identity and consumption in the Twilight saga and Superman comics. He has taught a wide array of course topics ranging from introductory level Women’s and Gender Studies classes to upper division courses in masculinities, gender and sexuality, popular culture and consumer culture.

Courses I Teach
  • WS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WS 210: Gender and Sexuality in American Popular Culture
  • WS 450: Gender and Consumer Culture
  • ENGL 250: Written, Oral, Visual and Electronic Communications
  • B.A. English State - University of New York, College at Fredonia
  • M.A. American Studies - Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg PA
  • Doctoral Candidate, Cultural Studies - George Mason University, Fairfax VA
    • Anticipated graduation date: December,2015
    Research Areas
    • Masculinities
    • Gender & Sexuality Studies
    • Cultural Studies
    • Popular Culture
    • Consumerism and Consumption
    • Political Economy
    • Media Studies
    • Visual Culture
    • American Studies
    • US Politics
    Recent Publications
    • “Rethinking the American Man: Clark Kent, Superman, and Consumer Masculinity.” In Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men. Julian Chambliss, et al., Editors. Cambridge Scholars Press (September, 2013).
    • “’Embraced’ by Consumption: Twilight and the Modern Construction of Gender” In Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon, edited by Giselle Anatol. Palgrave Press (June 2011).
    • Reviews:“Food for Thought: Essays on Eating and Culture,” edited by Lawrence C. Rubin. In The Journal of Popular Culture 42 (2) (April 2009): 366-368.