Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Jennifer Peterson

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Communication

Jennifer Peterson’s research and teaching interests center on cinema and media history, experimental and educational films, aesthetics, and ecocriticism. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She previously taught in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned tenure in 2013. She has also taught at UCLA, UC Riverside, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California. Since joining the Communication program at Woodbury in fall 2015, she has taught courses in Media History, Gender Studies, World Cinema, Media Authorship, and the Senior Seminar.

In the early 2000s she worked as an Oral Historian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and briefly in the Home Entertainment division at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She was a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in fall 2012. She has served on the Board of the Stan Brakhage Center at CU Boulder, as the editor of Cinema Journal’s “Archival News,” and as chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Media Archives Committee.

Peterson is the author of Education in the School of Dreams: Travelogues and Early Nonfiction Film (Duke University Press, 2013). Her articles have been published in Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, The Moving Image, the Getty Research Journal, and numerous edited book collections. She writes occasionally for the “Critics’ Picks” section of Artforum.com and other journals. Her new book project focuses on the visualization of nature in American film history before 1960.

Link to information about my book: https://www.dukeupress.edu/education-in-the-school-of-dreams


BA: University of California, Berkeley
MA: University of Chicago
PhD: University of Chicago