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Kristy Ganoe

Kristy Ganoe

Assistant Teaching Professor of English
Preferred Pronouns: they/their/yinz's
Office: 220 Burrowes
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Kristy Ganoe

Summer 2022 Office Hours

Please come see me during office hours! I will be in my office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:15 - 12:00. Tuesday office hours are from 9:30 - 10:30 am via Zoom. I am also available to meet at other times via Zoom by appointment. To make an appointment email me at with a few time and date preferences.

Professional Bio

Kristy L. Ganoe, Ph.D., is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Penn State University. Kristy’s research on embodied culture, gender, and conflict resolution can be read in Leisure Studies (2019), Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise (2011), and Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (2010). Forthcoming is an article tentatively titled “Educational Theory in Play.” This work considers the active learning technique called gamification as an approach that can be used to facilitate transitions through the stages of cognitive and social development that first-year students must navigate in order to fully access the benefits of higher education.


Kristy’s research and teaching interests include ethnography, educational systems (formal and non-traditional), and the body as a social location of agency within oppressive ideological systems. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Kristy taught a first-year writing seminar titled “Fight, Flight, and Other Options” at Carnegie Mellon University. Before that, Kristy taught at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. Kristy earned her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University of Ohio while teaching Introduction to Women’s Studies and Cultural Pluralism in the United States.


As often as possible, Kristy is hiking with the dog Thaddeaus, named after the Greek trickster god of lost causes. Before the pandemic, they enjoyed contact improvisation, yoga, aikido, and all other forms of mindful movement.


Peer reviewed academic publications include:


Ganoe, K. “You start by changing the whole cultural context”: Women-led martial artists disrupt gender violence. Leisure Studies 38: 5, June 2019, 590-602, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1635190


Krane, V., Ross, S.R., Miller, M., Ganoe, K., Andrzejczyk, J.A., & Lucas, C.B. “It’s cheesy when they smile”: What girl athletes prefer in images of female college athletes. Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise 82: 4, December 2011, 755-768.


Krane, V., Ross, S.R., Miller, M., Rowse, J.L., Ganoe, K., Andrzejczyk, J.A., & Lucas, C.B. Power and focus: Self-representation of female college athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 2: 2, July 2010, 175-195.