Photo on 2016-02-26 at 12.45 #2Dr. Kara McCormack received her PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and most recently was a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University. Her research focuses on cultural studies, popular culture, U.S. history, critical theory, and film studies, with emphases on the U.S. West and science/dystopian fiction.

Her first book, Imagining Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die, was released by the University Press of Kansas in the spring of 2016. This work explores the ways popular culture, the concepts of history and authenticity, preservation, and economic exigencies interact in the historic western town of Tombstone, Arizona, as well as the ways Tombstone and the mythic West have circulated worldwide.

Her specialties include cultural studies, popular culture, cultural history, film studies, media and society, public history, public humanities, cultural memory, critical theory,the U.S. West, utopian and dystopian fiction, and science fiction.