Art, Popular Culture, Social Theory, Social Media, Disability Studies


I study stories and storytelling in a range of forms: art, popular culture, social media, and activism. I examine how issues of identity shape who gets to tell stories in American culture, particularly in terms race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. I also examine the gatekeeping roles of public policy, nonprofits, and corporations. 

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

  • Kidd, D. 2014. Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society. Boulder, CO: Westview.
  • Kidd, D. 2017. Social Media Freaks: Digital Identity in the Network Society. Boulder, CO: Westview.
  • Kidd, D. 2012. “’She’d Have Been Locked Up in St. Mungo’s for Good’: Magical Maladies and Medicine.” Pp. 91-100 in The Sociology of Harry Potter, edited by Jenn Sims. Hamden, CT: Zossima Press.
  • Kidd, D. 2012. “Fire in Our Bellies and Fear in out Arts.” Contexts 11(1):54-55.
  • Kidd, D. 2010. Legislating Creativity. New York: Routledge.
  • Kidd, D. 2007. "Harry Potter and the Functions of Popular Culture." The Journal of Popular Culture 40: 70-90.

Courses Taught

Graduate Seminars

  • Teaching in Higher Education
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Sociology of Culture

Undergraduate Seminars and Lecture Course

  • Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Internship in Sociology
  • Development of Sociological Thought
  • Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life
  • Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good