Moya Luckett is a media historian whose work focuses on gender, celebrity, fashion, femininity, modernity, digital culture and media historiography. She is the author of Cinema and Community: Progressivism, Exhibition and Film Culture in Chicago, 1907-1917 (Wayne State University Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Swinging Single: Representing Sexuality in the 1960s (University of Minnesota Press). She has published essays and book chapters on femininity in popular media, British film and television, silent cinema, film and fashion and celebrity culture and has presented her work at over 40 academic conferences. She is currently writing two books, one on femininity and popular media, the other a study of celebrity that considers its relationship to downward social mobility and increased social inequality. She teaches classes and tutorials in media studies, fashion, celebrity, postfeminism, historiography and spectacle in mass media. She was awarded a 2014-2015 Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire their students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.
Teaching and Research Interests
film history, theory and criticism; television studies; new media; gender, media historiography; theories of modernity, fashion, celebrity and consumer culture
B.A., University of Kent at Canterbury, 1987 M.A., University of Kent at Canterbury, 1989 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995
Professor Moya Luckett gave the keynote address, “Not Quite New Media: Celebrity, Social (Im)Mobility and the Historiography of Media Transition” at the Visual Culture in Context(s) Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in April 2016.
Professor Luckett presented the paper “Surplus Beauty and Synthetic Stars: Exploring Feminine Labor through Star Search Contests” at the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2016.
Professor Luckett delivered the paper “Scrounging and Striving: Celebrity, Josie Cunningham and the Contradictions of the Neoliberal Self” at the 2016 Celebrity Studies conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in June 2015.
Professor Luckett was awarded a 2014-2015 Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire their students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.
Professor Luckett was a member of the programming committee for the 2015 Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference held in Montreal, Quebec.
Professor Luckett reviewed Hilary Hallett’s Go West Young Woman! The Rise of Early Hollywood for Screen, vol. 55, no. 4, Winter 2014.
She presented her paper "Sister Stars: Intimacy, Femininity and Possibility" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, in March 2015. She presented her paper "Femininity and the Use of the Past: Popular Television As Feminine Historiography" at the Console-ing Passions Conference, held at the University of Missouri-Columbia, in Columbia, Missouri, in April 2014. She presented her paper "Celebrity, Screens and Medium Specificity" at the Celebrity Studies Conference, at the University of London, London, UK, in June 2014. She also presented "Reimagining 'Ordinary Women:' Working Women and Feminine Historiography in British Period Television Dramas" at the European Popular Culture Association Conference, in London, UK, in June 2014. She presented “Not Quite New Media: Celebrity and the Historiography of Media Transition,” at the Media, Culture and Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, held at Bournemouth University, UK, in January 2014.
She delivered her paper “Celebrity, Stardom and Ambivalence: Hollywood’s Misgivings about Screen Fame,” at the Screen Studies Conference, held in Glasgow, UK, in June 2013. Also in June, she read “Women’s History, Women’s Work: Popular Television as Feminine Historiography,” for the Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, held at Leicester De Montfort University, UK. She published “Playmates and Polygamists: Feminine Textuality in Big Love, Sister Wives and The Girls Next Door,” in Feminist Media Studies (October 2013).