Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Jennifer Peterson

Chair, Department of Communication

Jennifer Lynn Peterson’s research and teaching interests center on cinema and media history, experimental and educational films, aesthetics, and environmental history. Since joining the Communication program at Woodbury in fall 2015, she has taught courses in Media History, World Cinema, Media and the Environment, Screen Comedy, Gender Studies, Film History I, and the Senior Seminar. She previously taught in the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder for 11 years, 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. In the early 2000’s 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 scholarly articles have been published in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Camera Obscura, The Moving Image, the Getty Research Journal, and numerous edited collections. She has published film, art, and book reviews in Millennium Film Journal, Film Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Artforum.com. She is working on a book entitled Cinema’s Wilderness Past: Film History, Nature and Endangerment 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