Sara Bakerman

SARA BAKERMAN is a Ph.D. student in the Division of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She previously earned her M.A. in Critical Studies at USC and a B.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She currently holds the Michael Wayne Fellowship for Film Preservation and Restoration at the USC Warner Bros. Archive. As of 2018, Sara will also serve as Assistant Editor of Cinema Journal on the incoming masthead team. Sara’s dissertation project analyzes the cultural status of aging female stars in American media of the 1960s and later, focusing on the historical role of the actress in the development of Hollywood nostalgia and popular memory.  Her article, “Too Good for the Fan Rags: the Argument for Agency in the Stardom of Katharine Hepburn,” was published in Spectator in 2015.

Research Interests: studio-era stardom; female agency in the media industries; the media archive, celebrity historicity, and personal historiography; and theories of nostalgia and memory in popular culture after World War II.  

Advisor: Tara McPherson

Dissertation: “According to Legend: Aging Female Stars and Cultural Memory, 1965-1994”