Faculty / School of Media : Culture : Design

Jennifer Peterson

Professor and Chair, Media Studies

Jennifer Lynn Peterson is Professor and Chair of the department of Media Studies at Woodbury. Her scholarly articles have been published in Feminist Media Histories, Journal of Cinema and Media StudiesCamera ObscuraThe Moving ImageGetty Research Journal, and numerous edited book collections. She is the author of Education in the School of Dreams: Travelogues and Early Nonfiction Film (Duke University Press, 2013). She has published film, art, and book reviews in Millennium Film JournalFilm Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Artforum.com.

Previously a tenured Associate Professor in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder (where she taught for a decade), she has also taught as an adjunct instructor at UC Riverside, CalArts, UCLA, and USC. 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 is currently writing her second book, “Cinema’s Ecological Past: Film History, Nature and Endangerment Before 1960,” which is under contract for publication by Columbia University Press.


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


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