Dr. Spring-Serenity Duvall (Indiana University) is a media studies scholar who researches transnational celebrity culture, commodity activism, breastfeeding advocacy, and girl cultures. She joined the faculty of Salem College in fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Communication and is currently Chair of the Communication Department.

In 2015, she was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she conducted a research project titled “Canadian Celebrity Activism and Transnational Media in the Niagara Border Region” and teaching a course on Celebrity Colonialism. She is currently editing a Celebrity & Youth anthology, which is forthcoming in the Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., Mediated Youth Series (Sharon Mazzarella, series editor) in 2018.

She is the co-author, with Dr. Leigh Moscowitz, of the book “Snatched: Child Abductions in US News,” which analyzes over a decade of mainstream news coverage of high profile abduction cases.

Her research on celebrity culture appears in the journals Celebrity Studies; Communication, Culture, and Critique; and Feminist Media Studies. Chapters also appear in the anthologies Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures and Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures. Her research in girls studies  has been published in the Journal of Children & Media.

She brings her research into the classroom with the original courses “Celebrity Colonialism: Transnational Media and Social Activism,” “Titanic to Twilight: Girl-Powered Media Production / Consumption / Text,” and “Revisiting the Riot Grrrl Revolution.” Duvall served on the Executive Board of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and was the 2013-2014 Chair of the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women.

Duvall CV, 2016

Current Projects

Celebrity & Youth edited collection, under contract with Mediated Youth Series, Peter Lang Publishing, forthcoming, 2018.

“Believing in Emma Watson: Fandom and Feminism in the United Nations HeForShe Campaign.” For presentation at the 2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference.

“#BlackLivesMatter: Celebrity Activism, Social Media, and Audience Influence.” (With Nicole Heckemeyer). For presentation at the 2017 Console-ing Passions conference.

“When Gen Xers Grow Up: Celebrity, Ageing, and National Identities in the Careers of Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan.”


In Media Res contribution

Blog post for Brock University Social Justice Research Institute

Call for participants in Niagara region celebrity activism research project

Keynote speaker at Crossing Borders Conference

Salem College announces Fulbright award

Fulbright Canada announces cohort

Indiana University announcement of new position