Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Jennifer Peterson

Professor and Chair of Communication

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

Peterson’s research and teaching interests center on cinema and media history, experimental and educational films, and the environmental humanities. At Woodbury, she has taught courses such as Media History, Media and the Environment, Screen Comedy, Film History I and II, Intro to Film Studies, World Cinema, Gender Studies, and the Senior Seminar. Previously a tenured Associate Professor in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has also taught at UCLA, UC Riverside, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California. 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 is currently working on a book entitled “Cinema’s Ecological Past: Film History, Nature and Endangerment Before 1960.”


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