Sometimes I find myself asking the same thing, and so this space will attempt to answer such a question. If “I” in the above question actually represents you, the reader, then perhaps it is because you are interested in how masculinity manifests itself in the repetitive silence of literature. Maybe you are concerned about interested in AI and ChatGPT, the inherent biases associated with them and the ways in which they reproduce such biases. Or maybe you followed a rogue hyperlink and find yourself now reading about your careless clicking practices. No matter what brought you here, welcome!

However, if the “I” of the question “how did I get here” refers to me, Kyle Flanagan, then I’m not sure that I can fully answer such a question. In consideration of the work I have done and hope to do, it might serve useful to learn some significant things about me and how they relate to my academic interests and how I pursue them.

As a product of French immersion school I began to formally learn English as a pre-teen once I moved to the United States. The way in which I learned my mother tongue as a second language provided me with the chance to acknowledge it in skeptical and confused ways, placing a focus on spaces and silences perhaps out of necessity. Furthermore, my foundation of French and the roles which gender plays in it made me curious to look for similar ways in which gender factors into English.

Currently, I am fascinated with the intersectionality of AI, ChatGPT, and social media, how language is unconsciously replicated and repeated. Specifically, I have oriented my research around the deployment of language on a variety of social media platforms, focusing on coded language and its usage in relation to socio-political issues, events, and movements.

I attended Michigan State from the fall of 1999 through the spring of 2001, completing my associate’s degree after two years at Harold Washington College in Chicago in 2010. I then completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Brooklyn College, returning to Michigan State University to work towards completion of my PhD degree. Each school and program has helped shape my research and thought-formation methods, affording exposure to a variety of faculty and methodologies alike.

In between my schooling I worked in seemingly unrelated and separate careers – in the service and aviation industries, each one contributing to my interests and academic work. All of these life experiences and more have helped to inform not only my academic pursuits but have also contributed to my research and formulation practices. I believe that it isn’t what is said but rather how it is said, and often the unconscious and silent repetition of masculine language perpetuates an expectation which reaches off the [URL] page and into my IRL.


“Bye, By, Buy: How Derrida and Stromae are *NSYNC in their Différance”

“Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise: How Silence and Repetition Expose the Ambiguity of Contemporary Masculinity”


Michigan State University, 1999-2001

Harold Washington College, 2008-2010, Associates Degree, General studies

Brooklyn College, 2016-2018, Bachelor’s Degree, English

Brooklyn College, 2018-2020, Master’s Degree, English

Michigan State University, 2022-2027*, PhD, English

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