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Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Vassar College
Andrea McDonnell is a media scholar and author whose work examines the production, content, and audience reception of media texts that are produced for and consumed by women. Her work emphasizes the intersection of media technologies, audiences, and everyday life. Professor McDonnell holds a B.A. in American Culture from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. Andrea also holds a graduate certificate in Museum Studies and has worked in fine arts and children's museums throughout the northeast.
Professor McDonnell's first book, Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines was published by Polity Press in 2014. Her new book, Celebrity, coauthored with Susan Douglas (University of Michigan), is forthcoming with NYU Press.
Andrea has press experience and is available to comment on the following:
What I Love About Emmanuel:
What I appreciate most about Emmanuel is its emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. This is something that I value in my own research and I'm happy to have the opportunity to help students pursue their own ideas, using multiple theoretical and methodological approaches.
Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines, Polity Press (2014)
Americans are obsessed with celebrities. While our fascination with fame intensified throughout the twentieth century, the rise of the weekly gossip magazine in the early 2000s confirmed and fueled our popular culture's celebrity mania. After a decade of diets and dates, breakups and baby bumps, celebrity gossip magazines continue to sell millions of issues each week. Why are readers, especially young women, so attracted to these magazines? What pleasures do they offer us? And why do we read them, even when we disagree with the images of femininity that they splash across their hot-pink covers?
Selected Book Reviews:
Broadly speaking, Professor McDonnell studies women's popular media, including print, televisual, and digital content. Combining qualitative interviews with media producers, visual and textual analysis, and audience studies, Andrea works to produce scholarship that understands media phenomenon at the level of production, content, and reception. This approach allows her to triangulate findings and to more fully understand how popular cultural texts are made meaningful in multiple, dynamic ways.
Over the past ten years, Professor McDonnell has studied the celebrity gossip industry, with an emphasis on weekly magazines and gossip blogs. She considers these sites as cultural forums in which ideas of the private sphere, femininity, and everyday life are worked through and re-produced.
Professor McDonnell continues to research celebrity culture and its relationship to gender. She is also engaged with popular cultural texts designed for and consumed primarily by women-what she calls "the popular feminine"-across media platforms.