Dr. Rowe wears a printed button down shirt. She has locs and light brown skin. She smiles and stands in front of green bushes.




Fax: 657-278-5820

Dept: 657-278-2441

Office: Gordon Hall  415

Cal State University, Fullerton

American Studies
800 N. State College Blvd. UH-313
Fullerton, CA. 92831


Kristin Rowe, PH.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies

Body politics; hair and beauty culture; race and popular culture; cultural studies; social media/new media, feminism(s) and sexuality


2019, Ph.D., African American and African Studies, Michigan State University

2015, M.A.,  African American and African Studies, Michigan State University

2013, B.A., English & Black American Studies (Dual Degree), University of Delaware

Courses Regularly Taught

AMST 300 Introduction to American Popular Culture

AMST 401T The Body in American Culture

AMST 412 Women, Race, and Ethnicity in American Culture

AMST 447 Race and American Popular Culture

Recent Publications

Rowe, Kristin Denise. “‘Unmanageable’: Exploring Black Girlhood, Storytelling, and Ideas of Beauty.” Open Cultural Studies, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (October 2022): https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2022-0160


Rowe, Kristin Denise. “Rooted: On Black Women, Beauty, Hair, and Embodiment” in The Routledge Companion to Beauty Politics Ed. By Maxine Leeds Craig (Routledge, 2021)


Rowe, Kristin Denise. Beyond “Becky with the Good Hair’: Hair, Beauty, and Interiority in Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s ‘Sorry.” eds. Baade. C, Smith, M., and McGee, K. Beyoncé in the World: Making Meaning with Queen Bey in Troubled Times (Wesleyan University Press, 2021).


Rowe, Kristin Denise. “Nothing Else Mattered After That Wig Came Off’: Black Women, Hair, and Scenes of Interiority.” Journal of American Culture, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2019): 21-36: https://doi.org/10.1111/jacc.12971 - Top Downloaded Paper 2018-2019, Journal of American Culture, Wiley Publishing Company.


Rowe, Kristin Denise. “Beyond ‘Good Hair’: Negotiating Hair Politics Through African American Language.” Women and Language, Vol. 42, No. 1 (May 2019) doi: 10.34036/WL.2019.004 - Inaugural Article of the Year Award (2019), Women and Language, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG), Miami University.


Randolph, Antonia, Holly Swan, and Kristin Denise Rowe. “That $hit Ain’t Gangsta’: Symbolic Boundary Making in an Online Urban Gossip Community.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 47, No. 2 (2018): 609-639 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241617716744

Office Hours


Currently, Dr. Rowe is away from campus and serving as a 2022-2023 Career Enhancement Fellow, funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars.