Carrie Russpatrick

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Media and Communication
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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 21 Forskningsparken 0349 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1093 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

Screen Cultures, Media Aesthetics, Science-Fiction, Pop-culture, Fantasy, Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Monster Theory, Posthuman Theory, Monstrous-Feminine, Animality Studies, Transgender Theory, Queer Theory, Sexualities, Affect Theory, Experimental Methodologies


I began my academic and professional career back in the US, where I served as a researcher, educator, and activist in the areas of gender and sexual health. After earning my first master's degree in public health and development I spent several years in Zambia working in maternal child health and gender-based violence in rural communities.    I continued to work remotely as a public health consultant after moving to Norway in 2017 to pursue a master's degree in Gender Studies at the Center for Gender Research at UiO. It was during my pursuit of this degree in the humanities that I finally felt I had come home academically. 

I have a love for theory and have devoted my current research efforts to exploring the power of media objects and narratives to uncover situated dynamics of gender and the other. My work has specifically examined the narratives and bodies of monsters in screen media that resemble human vulvas (what I call vulva monsters). I have constructed a theoretical typology to better understand this trope and how various embodiments (humanoid, animal, or alien) influence the gendered meanings of the vulva. Using the motif of the vagina dentata as a point of origin, I both analyze and problematize psychoanalytic readings and open up space for posthuman irruptions in the study of these constantly evolving monsters. This research showcases how monsters can be analyzed not only as artifacts of culture but as tools that can drive theory and uncover the processes and mechanisms of knowledge production. 

This topic is not only important, it is fun and I love connecting other theorists and enthusiasts to make it better. My background shows a personal commitment to interdisciplinarity as a means of generating innovative scholarship. As such, I take part in research groups that focus on a wide array of interconnected topics and welcome collaborations from across disciplines!


  • Nominated for STK Award for Best Master’s Thesis, UiO, 2019
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Student Character Award, 2012
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Student Excellence Award, 2012
  • Auburn University Women’s Studies Achievement Award, 2010

Positions held

  • Disease Surveillance Consultant, the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute, 2020
  • Communications and Business Specialist, Undikumbukire Project Zambia, 2016-2019
  • Informatics Training Consultant, Health Information Systems Program South Africa, 2016-2017
  • Program Development Specialist, Akros Global Health Zambia, 2016
  • Community Systems Strengthening Advisor, Saving Mother's Giving Life, Zambia 2013-2015
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Community Health Extentionist, Southern Province, Zambia, 2013-2015
  • Graduate Researcher, UAB School of Public Health, Project pHree, 2011-2013
  • Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, Auburn University Women's Resource Center 2010-2011


Tags: Vulva Monsters, Feminist theory, Posthumanism, Monster Studies, Screen Cultures
Published Nov. 17, 2020 9:48 AM - Last modified Apr. 20, 2021 2:41 PM