Aster Gilbert (pronouns: she/her, they/them) is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. She received her BA in Film & Video Studies from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University in 2013. Her thesis examined the gendered dynamics of filmmaker reception in online film communities. Her current dissertation research looks at online pornography fan communities, specifically fans who create their own pornography through remixing and re-editing available material found online. Aster has presented her research on trans* and interracial “micropornography” at both the National Women’s Studies Association and the American Studies Association conferences. In 2016 she received a research grant to travel to the Kinsey Institute to study archival homemade pornographic materials and recently she was invited to give a presentation on her work at Connecticut College. Aster’s areas of study include Porn Studies, New Media Studies, and Trans* and Queer theory. She teaches courses on LGBTQ Studies and received a grant to develop a course on Sex, Gender, & New Media at the University of Kansas.
Fall 2018: Aster is teaching 2 online 8 week courses: WGSS 333 "Politics of Physical Appearance" and WGSS 530 "Sex and Gender in New Media."