“Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style” is an attempt to reconcile my current research, a fascination with stars, and the impulse to alter the landscape of academic publishing.
My name is Anne Helen Petersen, and I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas – Austin in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. I arrived in Austin via an upbringing in Lewiston, Idaho, undergrad in bucolic Walla Walla, Washington at Whitman College, and a master’s degree from The University of Oregon. I currently teach film and media studies at Whitman College, which, as you can imagine, is totally awesome. (Check out our beautiful website here).
I study and publish on star studies; my dissertation details, contextualizes, and analyzes the relationship between Hollywood industry, the production of stars, and celebrity gossip. My best self writes for The Hairpin. I’m currently working on a book of Scandals of Classic Hollywood, forthcoming from Plume/Penguin in 2014.
My favorite gossip site is Lainey Gossip, which you should be reading.
Email me at annehelenpetersen_at_gmail.com; Twitter at annehelen.