Media and Communication Studies

All Majors & Minors

Alice Leppert


Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies


Media and Communication Studies


  • B.A. University of California-Santa Cruz
  • M.A. University of Iowa
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota


Sex, Gender, and the 1980s

Hollywood Stardom and Celebrity Culture

African American Film

Teen Film

Media and Society


Reality TV

Public Speaking 

Research Interests

U.S. film and television history
Stardom and celebrity culture
Feminist media studies
Race and Hollywood film
Teen film and television
Reality television

Recent Work


Leppert, Alice. TV Family Values: Gender, Domestic Labor, and 1980s Sitcoms. Forthcoming from Rutgers University Press, 2019.


Leppert, Alice. “Friends Forever: Sitcom Celebrity and Its Afterlives.” Television and New Media 19.8 (2018): 741-757.

Leppert, Alice. “Family Ties: ‘Alex Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.’” Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls. Eds. David Bianculli and Douglas Howard. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2018.

Leppert, Alice. “Solving the Day-Care Crisis, One Episode at a Time: Family Sitcoms and Privatized Child Care in the 1980s.” Cinema Journal 56.2 (2017): 67-90.

Leppert, Alice. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Fame-work, and the Production of Entrepreneurial Sisterhood.” Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early 21st Century. Ed. Elana Levine. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Leppert, Alice. “Momager of the Brides: Kris Jenner’s Management of Kardashian Romance.” First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics. Eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Leppert, Alice. “ ‘Can I Please Give You Some Advice?’ Clueless and the Teen Makeover.” Cinema Journal. In Focus: Clueless. 53.3 (2014): 131-137.

Leppert, Alice. “Eat, Drink, Shop: Constructing Sammi Cheng as Global Consumer.” Celebrity Studies 2.1 (2011): 19-30.

Leppert, Alice and Julie Wilson. “Living The Hills Life: Lauren Conrad as Reality Star, Soap Opera Heroine, and Brand.” Genders 48 (2008). <> (Updated and reprinted in In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity. Eds. Su Holmes and Diane Negra. New York: Continuum, 2011. 261-279.)

Leppert, Alice. “DJ Tanner Takes Responsibility for Her Fuller House.” Cinema Journal Afterthoughts and Postscripts 56.2 (2017):

Leppert, Alice and Anthony Nadler, co-editors. “Beyond Google: Teaching Humanistic Research Skills.” Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier 2.3 (Fall 2014):

Leppert, Alice. “Clueless and 90s Teen Magazine Style.” In Media Res (29 May 2014):

Leppert, Alice. “Tom Cruise: Out and Proud Scientologist.” In Media Res (14 Aug. 2013):

Leppert, Alice. “The Marginalized Brides of Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss.” In Media Res (19 June 2012):