The purpose of this study was to examine the intersectional portrayal of the character Annalise Keating as a black queer woman, navigating complex interracial relationships and highly institutionalized environments of legal and higher education systems throughout the first two seasons of How to Get Away with Murder. Utilizing ideological criticism, this research found that despite her marginalized identities, Keating carefully constructs her image to resemble a white, heterosexual woman in order to alleviate, or completely avoid oppression from the major institutions that govern her life and work. Additionally, Keating’s experiences and actions are unique within the world of How to Get Away with Murder as she simultaneously shares the same struggles as other marginalized characters, but also oppresses those characters to follow her own agenda.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


Speech and Rhetorical Studies


How to Get Away with Murder, intersectionality, race, queerness, television

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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