Research Areas

Feminist media studies, eating disorders and body image, the culture of the body


BA Barnard College
Ph.D. Tufts University

Emily Fox-Kales

Emily Fox-Kales

Emily Fox-Kales

Emily Fox-Kales is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders as well as a feminist media scholar. She is  Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and on the faculty of both Northeastern University and the Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies where she teaches cultural and gender studies with a focus on visual representations of the woman’s body. 

Current Projects

Desiring  Bodies: Visual Narratives of Women’s Appetites for Love, Food and Sex in Mid-life and Beyond
What do popular media representations have to tell us about contemporary cultural constructs of female desire and to what extent do they provide new imaginaries of older women’s power, agency and pleasure? How does internalization of these images inform women’s relationship to food and their bodies in later life?

Representative Publications

“Fat Girl: Erotic Bodies and the Primal Scene Re-configured,” in Journal for Cultural Research, 14, 1, 2010.
Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders. SUNY Press, 2011
“Late Life Romance: Memory, Desire and the Aging Body,” in Psychology and the Arts: Perceptions and Perspectives. University of Malta Press, 2016.