Andrea McDonnell

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


Howley Hall 315


Ph.D. - Communication Studies University of Michigan

Brief Biography:

Andrea McDonnell is a media scholar and author whose work examines the intersection of gossip, celebrity, gender, politics, and everyday life. She is the author of Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines (Polity, 2014) and co-author, with Susan Douglas, of Celebrity: A History of Fame (NYU, 2019). Professor McDonnell is the U.S. series Editor for Bloomsbury’s International Library of Gender and Popular Culture and member of the Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Seminar Group. She holds a B.A. in American Culture from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan.

Area(s) of Expertise:

The history of celebrity in the United States
Gender and representation
The gossip press
Media talk

Awards and Honors:

Summer Institute Grant Recipient Popular Culture Association (PCA)

Howard R. Marsh Fellowship for Research on Journalism and Democracy University of Michigan

Selected Publications:

McDonnell, A. Silver, A. A Gossip Politic. Palgrave

McDonnell, A. (2021) In M. Conboy & S. Eldridge (Ed.), From baby bumps to border walls: Celebrity gossip magazines and the post-truth politic. Routledge

McDonnell, A. (2020) Clinton stated, Trump exclaimed!: Gender and language on Twitter during the 2016 US presidential debates.. Journal of Language and Politics.

Douglas, S. McDonnell, A. (2019) Celebrity: A History of Fame. New York, NY: New York University Press

McDonnell, A. (2014) Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines. Cambridge / Boston, MA : Polity Press

Selected Presentations:

McDonnell, A. Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Seminar. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK - "Not talking with the candidates: Authenticity and parasocial engagement with Berniemoji and Animal Crossing" July, 2021