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, 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. My first book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, is forthcoming from Plume/Penguin in May 2014.