Kecia McBride
Kecia McBride
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


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Kecia D. McBride is a Professor in the Department of English at Ball State University as well as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Her research focuses on cinema and media studies, narrative theory, gender theory, and American fiction after 1865. Her work includes pieces on the construction and meaning of narrative silences in the works of Susan Glaspell, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston; on gender, power, and ritual in suburban space; and on fear and desire in the works of Ann Petry and Evelyn Scott. Recently, she published on black urban experience and the Naturalist tradition in the HBO series The Wire. Her current work explores identity construction in experimental documentary film as well as recent creative nonfiction

Professional Experience

Curriculum Vitae


  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, January 2018- Present
  • Acting Associate Provost and Dean of University College, December 2016–December 2018
  • Assistant Provost, June 2016–December 2016
  • Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Humanities, July 2006–June 2016
  • Chair (and Assistant Chair), Department of English, July 2004, August 2006
  • Professor, Department of English, (hired) 1998


PhD in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, December 1996

Research and Publications

“Deserve Got Nothing to Do with It”: Black Urban Experience 7.1 (Summer 2012): 80-120. http: // Studies in American Naturalism.” The Wireand the Naturalist Tradition in

“No, I’m Not Catholic, and Yes, They’re all Mine: Feminist Mothering in the Academy.” In Feminist Mothering, edited by Andrea O’Reilly, President for the Association for Research on Mothering. SUNY Press, 2008.  45- 60.

“Silence and the Struggle for Representational Space in the Art of Susan Glaspell.” In Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell. Edited by Margaret Carpentier and Barbara Ozieblo. Rodopi Press, 2006.  159-181.

“Fear, Consumption, and Desire: Naturalism and Ann Petry’s The Street.” Book chapter in Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays in American Literary Naturalism. Ed. by Mary E. Papke. UT Press, 2003. pp 448-75.