Thank you for visiting the page of Dr. Carl Schottmiller. Here, you will find resources and information about my current and upcoming research, scholarly publications, presentations, and course offerings.
My writing often explores contemporary cultural and political issues facing LGBTQ and disabled communities. My dissertation, "Reading RuPaul's Drag Race: Queer Memory, Camp Capitalism, and RuPaul's Drag Empire," analyzes the impacts that RuPaul's reality-television franchise is having on drag cultures. Through over 100 interviews with drag artists, queer businesses, and fan attendees at the RuPaul's DragCon events, I document and analyze the queer political potentials and normative pitfalls that come with RuPaul's growing drag empire. I am currently expanding the dissertation into a book manuscript, scheduled for publication through Routledge.
As an educator, I develop and teach courses primarily in the fields of Queer and LGBT Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Mad Studies, and Culture and Performance Studies.