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- PhD Student, Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2013-present
- BA, Sociology & Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1999
Celebrity, Popular Culture, New Media, Television, Technology, Gender/Sexuality
My research focuses on the construction and uses of contemporary celebrity. I explore whether celebrities can serve as effective representatives of marginalized groups by locating both the discursive opportunities and limits that celebrity engenders.
I also look at how technology, social media, and reality television have all played a role in turning celebrity into a logic that increasingly organizes and shapes the production of the contemporary self. I propose that celebrity is no longer simply the domain of a select few but has infiltrated many aspects of social life.
Prior to UCSD, I spent a decade working as a brand and personal publicist in the entertainment industry. This experience informs all of my work.
“Caitlyn Jenner: Celebrity or Authentic Trans Advocate,” to be presented at the 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference: Authenticating Celebrity, University of Amsterdam, June 2016