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

Media Mentions

Dustin Kidd Featured on KYW Newsradio
via KYW Newsradio on August 15, 2022

Dustin Kidd Featured on KYW Newsradio

Department chair Dustin Kidd discusses online radicalization with Matt Leon from KYW Newsradio. 

Dustin Kidd Interviewed in KYW Newsradio Podcast
via KYW Newsradio on March 10, 2022

Dustin Kidd Interviewed in KYW Newsradio Podcast

Temple Sociology Chair and pop culture expert Dr. Dustin Kidd interviewed in a podcast on KYW Newsradio "Take my money: Why nostalgia in popular...