Keenan is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in French language and literature at Washington University in Saint Louis. In 2016, he earned his BA in French and Francophone Studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Keenan’s research focuses on 18th and 19th century French literary and musical culture. Particular interests include travesti and trouser roles in opera and theater, Queer theory, gender and sexual nonconformance, and literary depictions of music. His dissertation is titled “The Queer Imaginary in French Literature and Opera: Undressing Gender, Sexuality, and Difference” and explores unconventional gender expressions and sexual practices in France in the 18th and 19th centuries.