Deborah Lynn Kitchen-Døderlein

Associate Professor - British North American
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Phone +47-22856952
Mobile phone 90948254 90948254
Room NT 612
Visiting address Niels Treschows hus 6th floor Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Advising Areas:

  • Gender/Sexuality/Women in American History
  • American Film History and Culture
  • Race/Racism in American History
  • American Social/Cultural History

*You should contact me as you are considering you thesis proposal.

**I offer group advising, although can meet individually if necessary.

Specialty courses:

ENG 2533: Gender in American History

ENG 4542: Research in American Social History

Works in Progress:

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Creating Radical Change by Conservative Means
  • Fire and Desire: Interracial Sex and Romance in the Movies
  • Writing a Successful Thesis
  • Rules for Writing English for Norwegians


PhD, 1993. American Social History. University of Minnesota. Thesis: Interracial Marriage in the United States, 1900-1980.


Førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor):

  • University of Oslo, Norway, 1997-present.  Institute for Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages: American History and Culture.
  • Norwegian School of Management (BI), Sandvika, Norway: 1996-1997. Intercultural Communication
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim, Norway: 1995-1996.  American Civilization

STUDENT Ministry (1987-1994): Founder and Director

Improved academic excellence of students of all ages in mixed race and class context in inner city church.  Taught workshops on test anxiety, job seeking skills, and learning strategies.  Supervised scholarship program, Honor Roll, and Challenge groups.  Served as advocate for parents and children in local schools.  Mentored college, secondary and elementary students and parents.

Timelærer (1985-1995): University of Minnesota, Rochester Center, Minneapolis Community College, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Minnesota Neighborhood Extension, University of Wisconsin-Stout. (History and Sociology)

Teaching Assistant (1980-88): University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (History)

Consultant, 1986-1995.

Administrator/Teacher/Co-founder, New Heights Charter School, 1993.

Administrative Assistant, College of Liberal Arts Planning & Fiscal Management, University of Minnesota, 1988-93.

Independent and team research, analysis and reporting of all aspects of fiscal and curricular planning for deans.  Managed Temporary Allocations process.  Tracked income, expenditures and allocations, giving a prediction confidence of 95%, ten months earlier.  Published annual statistical reports of historical trends, improving accuracy while cutting months from the processing time.  Prioritized and responded to data inquiries.  Managed computer resources.

Research Assistant (1983-1986): University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Assistant Archivist, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1977-78.

Daily operations of both the University Archives and the Area Research Center of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.  Reorganized University archival records during move of physical facilities.  Created photograph collection (1868-1977).  Supervised student workers.  Assisted students, faculty and alumni with reference needs.

Tags: United States history and culture, American Social history, Gender, Race, Film, Interracial Sex Romance and Marriage, Research Methods, Memory, Americans in Norway


  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2017). "Racialized Markers of Gender and Gendered Markers of Race in 1950s Westerns", In Sue Matheson (ed.),  A Fistful of Icons: Essays on Frontier Fixtures of the American Western.  McFarland.  ISBN 9780786498048.  Kapittel.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2005). Book Review of Edward Ashbee, Getting Set for American Studies, Getting Set for University. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. American Studies in Scandinavia.  ISSN 0044-8060.  Spring
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2003). "Book Review of James Gilbert, Explorations of American Culture". American Studies in Scandinavia.  ISSN 0044-8060.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn; Castor, Laura & Mauk, David (2002). "Teaching American Studies at the Hovedfag/Master Level in Norway: Some Reflections and Comparisons". NAAS newsletter.  ISSN 0803-9216.

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  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2019). The Racial Glass Ceiling: Subordination in American Law and Culture. The New Americanist.  ISSN 2545-3556.  1(2), s 142- 144
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2018). Marriage and the State: Defining and Contesting Limits of the Heart (Multiple panels for conference).
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2018). Marriage: Tracy and Hepburn Style.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2018). "To Fear and Desire: Interracial Sex and Romance in the Movies".
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2018). Trying to Get Over: African–American Directors After Blaxploitation, 1977–1986. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.  ISSN 0143-9685. . doi: 10.1080/01439685.2018.1521171
  • Lomize, Tamar & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2018). History Lessons: Multiculturalism and the Teaching of Slavery in the United States.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2017). Far From Home: Migrants, Refugees, Expats , and Returnees (Workshop With 4 panels).
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2017). Roots and Renegotiating Home.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Falch-Nilsen, Kirsti (2017, 28. september). Den Siste Playboy. [Internett].  NRK nett avisen. Show summary
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Haug, Kenneth (2017, 25. juli). USA-forslag om å forby Israel-boikott.  Vårt Land.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Krokos, Monika (2017). Between Identities: Liminal Lesbian Spaces in American Literature and Culture of the 1950s.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Krosby, Silje Lunde (2017, 17. september). USA rystet etter at hvit guttegjeng forsøkte å henge Quincy (8). [Internett].  TV2.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Kruse, Elise (2017, 29. juni). Norsk evangelikale er vanskeligere å snu.  Vårt Land.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Kvithyll, Susanne Moum (2017). "Deviant Femininity:" Exploring Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Robyn Ribanna Fenty's Musikal Works and Personal Life.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2016, 11. september). 15 år etter terrorangrepende florerer konspirasjonsteoriene: Tilbakevist gang på gang, men konspirasjonsteoriene om 9/11 fortsatt videre.  Dagbladet.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2016, 14. november). Clinton vant i universitetsbyene. [Internett].
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2016, 09. juli). Den Mørke Historien: Drap på svarte amerikanere har fått USA til å koke.  VG.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2016). Interracial Sex and Romance in 1950s Hollywood Movies.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2016, 29. januar). Tusenvis har demonstrert etter politidrapene i USA: Hun hadde ikke tenkt flytte seg.  VG.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2016, 08. juli). USA-ekspert om nye opptøyer: I bunnen ligger rasisme.  VG.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Andresen, Kristian Otterstad (2016). "TransJenner" Exploring the role of Caitlyn Jenner in _I am Cait_, An Unsolicited Spokesperson for the trans community?.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Bryn, Askild (2016). A Discussion of the Aftereffects of the Civil Rights Movement: Eight Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Story.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Løberg, Oda Kaasene (2016). Hillary Rodham Clinton: the First Feminist.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Røkke, Frida (2016). Religion and Gay Marriage: The Use of Religion in the Debate Concerning Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S..
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2015). "Jim Cullen, Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions". Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  ISSN 0360-3695.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2015). "Journeys of Love" Conference panels.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2015). Race and Ethnicity: The Long Road to Representation (Conference panel).
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2015). "The Transformative 'Power of Love': Interracial Love, Romantic Comedy Theory, and _Guess Who's Coming to Dinner_".
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Andreassen, Tor Arne (2015, 20. juni). "Dette angrepet er en terrorhandling".  Aftenposten.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Kristian, Bård (2015, 04. januar). "Lege mistet jobben etter preken".  Vårt Land.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Lindvåg, Andreas W. H. (2015, 09. oktober). "Fikk sin siste vilje: Aktiv dødshjelp".  Vårt Land.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Lindvåg, Andreas W. H. (2015, 02. juli). "USAs kristne mer liberale".  Vårt Land.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2014). "Black Hollywood: In Search of a Golden Age of Black Cinema" (Conference panel).
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2014). "Why Poitier?".
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Gilje, Caroline Teinum (2014, 09. oktober). "Farlig å importere analyser fra USA".  Vårt Land.
  • Høglid, Kine Engen & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2013). Once Upon a Time in India: From Hollywood to Bollywood: A Thesis on Film Remakes Across Cultural Boundaries.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2013). "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" as a Constitutive Text in American Race Relations.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Storaas, Ingrid Hovda (2013, 23. mars). Kledd for Kuler.  Vårt Land.
  • Melhus, Line & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2013). "How are Pregnant Prisoners and Their Babies Treated in the American Correctional System?" An in-depth look at Prison Nurseries and Community-Based Residential Parenting Programs, Parental Rights and Health Care.
  • Roald, Silje Eirin & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2013). Queering the Norm: A Look at the Portrayal of Gay Parents in "The L Word" and "Modern Family".
  • Schønemann, Julie & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2013). The Stereotyping of Muslims: An Analysis of The New York Times' and The Washington Times' Coverage of Veiling and the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy.
  • Frank Alexander, Larsen & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2012). From Fatherhood to Bachelorhood: An Analysis of Masculinities in the U.S. Through Forbidden Planet, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Playboy.
  • Ilstad, Dominika & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2012). Becoming American: Gender Identities and Cultural Assimilation of Jewish Women in the United States.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2012). Guilt and Atonement: Reparations for Slavery and 1970s American Television.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (ed.) (2012). Website, American Studies Assn of Norway (ASANOR), included major revision of site. ( (2010-2012).
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Glasø, Alexander (2012). "To Boldly Go" versus "Last Best Hope:" The Future of Human Civilization as Depicted in American Science Fiction.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Halvorsen, Gina B. (2012). The Portrayal of White Organized Racist Characters on Television: How White Organized Racist Characters are Portrayed in Oz, Sons of Anarchy, and Justified.
  • Megaard, Helene & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2012). The Rush Effect: An Analysis of Political Entertainer Rush Limbaugh.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2011). Dorothy B. Skårdal: Beginnings.
  • Løvdal, Hilde & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2011). Family Matters: James Dobson and Focus on the Family's Message to American Evangelicals.
  • Sundhagen, Tord Andre & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2011). Lance Armstrong: An American Legend?.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2010). Import/Eksport: An Interracial Romance in Norway.
  • Stokke, Kristin Elise Eriksen & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2010). Portrayals of Racial Stereotypes, Motherhood and Passing, 1930s to 1950s: Two Novels, Their Movie Adaptations and a Remake.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2009). The USA and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Why the USA has Problems with it and How to Make Change.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2008). Interracial/Interspecies Sex and Romance in Star Trek and Battlestar Gallactica.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2008, 28. februar). Obama forlenger raseskillet: Britisk likestillingssjef hardt ut mot senatoren.  VG.
  • Fekjær, Kari-Anne; Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Mauk, David C (2007). Three Norwegian Immigrant Women in their Pioneer Settlements in the Early Trans-Mississippi West, 1847-1910.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2007, 01. januar). Race and Gender in Coming U.S. Presidential Elections. [Radio].  Multiple Radio and Newspapers in Oslo.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn & Tenden, Per Aubrey Bugge (2007). Male Imitations: A Look at Male Gender Performance in The O.C.
  • Bredoch, Merete & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2006). Domesticity in Postwar America: The Feminine Mystique and Betty Friedan's Impact on American Women.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2006). Comparing Race.
  • Liberg, Monica & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2006). "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out": The Haight Ashbury Subcultural lifestyle and Music -- Modeling the Counterculture.
  • Løvdal, Hilde & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2006). Faith and Feminism: Evangelicalism, Feminism and the Culture Wars in the USA, 1970s to the Present.
  • Tisell, Heidi & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2006). The Development in Hollywood's Gender Roles: Heroes and Heroines in Re-interpretations of Women's Films, 1930-2000.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2005). Panel Commentary: Ashbee's "The 2004 Presidential Election, 'Moral Values', and the Democrats' Dilemma".
  • Heen, Leif-Atle & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2005). "And a little lookin' out for the other fella, too" -- Individualism and the individual's relation to society in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe and It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Jahr, Ida Marie & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2005). Better Not Sleep Under Water: A Comparison of Two Norwegian Films and their American Remakes.
  • Strand, Ole R. & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2005). From Political Protest to a Successful Assimilation? The Development of Mexican American Identities and Stereotypes in America Since the 1960s.
  • Ødegård, Per Refseth & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2005). Norway and the USA: The Norwegian Media's Coverage of September 11, 2001.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2004). Campaigning on Sex, Money, and Hate: The Federal Marriage Act.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2004). Gender as Mediator for Race in the Movies.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2004). Gender as Mediator for Race in the Movies within Historical Contexts.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2004). Making Your Studies Pay: Building Your CV as a Student.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2004, 01. januar). U.S. Elections in 2004 (multiple interviews). [Radio].  Radio Nova.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2004, 01. januar). the Amish Faith in America: Amish in the City. [Radio].  Oslo.
  • Skar, Halvor & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2004). United By Our Disparities: The High School Student Body at the International School of Stavanger.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2003). Film as Atonement: The Paradigm Shift of Roots.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2003). Gender as Mediator for Race in the Movies.
  • Hvattum, Elisabeth Hveem & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2003). Ethnic and Religious Identity: The American Lutheran Church in Oslo.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2003). Debating Guilt and Reparations.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2002). Workshop: Teaching American Studies at the Hovedfag/Master Level in Norway.
  • Henry, Stephen & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2002). Retailing the Tale: Disney's Art of Cultural Commercialism.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2002, 07. september). Interview: Comparison of Norwegian and American Students and the University Experience. [Radio].  Oslo Norway : Radio Nova, Limbo (samfunnsmagasin programmet).
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2002, 01. januar). Interview: "New Democratic leader in the House of Representatives: Women and American Politics". [Radio].  Morgenbladet, Tonje M. Viken.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2002). The Adrenelin Culture: Competition, Risk, and Pushing the Envelope.
  • Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2002). The Adrenelin Culture: Competition, Risk, and Pushing the Envelope.
  • Tønnesland, Lise Gertrud & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2002). The Understanding of Fairness and Equality: Race and Gender in the Affirmative Action Debate.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2001, 24. september). Terrorist attacks in the US, American Ideology, Foreign Policy and Norwegian Attitudes toward the US. [Radio].  Radio Nova, Limbo (samfunnsmagasin programmet).
  • Berg, Carine & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2001). A Special Place: Norwegian American Ethnic Identity in Decorah, Iowa.
  • Gundersen, Dianna & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2001). With Scriptures in their Backpack: American LDS Women Missionaries in Norway.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2001, 01. januar). Interview/debate: Terrorist Attacks in the US and Likely Repurcussions. [Radio].  Oslo Norway : P3.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2001, 01. mai). "The Politics of Interracial Sex: Using Film to Stimulate Complex Thinking". [Radio].  Oslo Norway : Institutt for britiske og amerikanske studier, Etterutdanningskurs.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2000, 15. november). Immigration Societies: What Norway might learn from the American Experience. [Radio].  Oslo.
  • Austgulen, Catherine & Kitchen-Døderlein, Deborah Lynn (2000). Their Female Experience of a Round Trip to America: A Case Study of Norwegian Female Repatration, 1920-1990.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2000, 01. januar). Interview: Reality TV in Norway and the US. [Radio].  Oslo Norway : NRK, Elisabeth Linland.
  • Kitchen, Deborah Lynn (2000, 01. januar). Interview: The Possibilities of an American Woman Becoming President. [Radio].  Oslo Norway : Student Radio station.

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