Jean Ketterling



Jean Ketterling (she/her) is currently a PhD Candidate and Vanier Scholar in the Department of Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her interdisciplinary work on video games falls at the intersection of legal studies, game studies, pornography studies, and feminist and queer theories of affect and emotion. She is particularly interested in sexual video games: how they make sexual meaning, their ability to make space for experimental sexual play, and how sexual content in video games is disciplined and regulated by platforms. Her work on videogames has appeared most recently in Feminist Media Studies. Previously, Jean worked as a sexual health educator and in sexual and reproductive rights and justice advocacy. Her most recent position was as the Executive Coordinator of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (2014-2016).


Refereed Journal Articles

Accepted - Desjardins, Bridgette M. and Jean Ketterling. “‘Running Makes Me Feel …’: The Production of Emotion Through Leisure”.

2022 - Desjardins, Bridgette M., Jean Ketterling, and Taryn Hepburn. "It’s Not Fair! Constructing Gendered Legal Subjects via Trans-Exclusionary Sport Legislation." International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics 14, no. 4 (2022): 673-687.

2022 - Ketterling, Jean. "‘You Do it for the Good Times’: Rival feminist Readings of Torture and Kink in Grand Theft Auto V." Feminist Media Studies (2022): 1-16.

Refereed Book Chapters

In Press - Ketterling, Jean. “Playing with Borders: Bringing Emotion into the Law Classroom Using Video Games.” In Cultural Legalities of Video Games and Virtual Realities, edited by Dale Mitchell, Ashley Pearson and Timothy Peters. Bloomsbury.

Forthcoming - Ketterling, Jean. “Deplatforming Digital Sex: Self-Censoring Sex Out of Video Games” In Handbook on Sex and Sexuality in Game Studies, edited by Matthew Wysocki and Steffi Shook. Routledge.

2019 - Khan, Ummni, and Jean Ketterling. "Rape as Play: Yellow Peril Panic and a Defence of Fantasy." In The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, pp. 357-395. Brill Nijhoff, 2019.

Book Manuscripts in Submission

Under contract - Bendo, Daniella, Jean Ketterling, and Dale Spencer. “Enmeshed Realities: Young People’s Lives in Digital Ecologies”. Under contract with the University of Toronto Press.

Article Manuscripts in Submission

R&R - Ketterling, Jean and Bridgette M. Desjardins. “What Can the Running Body Do? The Everyday Affective Practices of Amateur Runners”.

Submitted - Ketterling, Jean. “Look Behind You! Playing and Flirting with Sexual Surveillance in Video Games”.

Other Publications

2021 - Ketterling, Jean and the staff of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. “Together for Sex-Ed: Outcomes Report”. together-sex-ed-outcomes-report


Expected 2023 - Ph.D. Legal Studies, Carleton University

2018 - M.A. Legal Studies, Carleton University

2011 - B.A. Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies, St. Francis Xavier University
Dissertation:  Play the Body Electric:  An Affective Erotics of Video Games
Supervisor:  Ummni Khan, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University


Fall 2023

WGST-2101A:  Gender, Identity, and Culture

WGST-3991A:  Gender, Sex, and Media


Winter 2024

WGST-1001B:  Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

WGST-2991A:  Feminist Game Studies

WGST-3121A:  Feminist Research Methods

Grants, awards & honours

2020 - Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Carleton University

2019 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Carleton University

2019 - Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Carleton University

2018 - Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Carleton University

2017 - Chet Mitchell Memorial Award, Carleton University