Media & Communication Department
B.A., Haverford College
M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
Dr. Nathanson is currently working on a book manuscript based upon her doctoral dissertation titled As Easy As Pie: Housework, Temporality and Postfeminist Popular Culture. Her research focuses on how contemporary American popular culture represents women's everyday life, specifically life at home, in the postfeminist context. She explores how the media as technologies and as cultural forms organize women's time and construct panics about domestic time scarcity while also offering solutions for how those panics can be solved. Dr. Nathanson's work is interdisciplinary and draws upon work in sociology, feminist philosophy, and women's history to augment her humanities-oriented analysis of popular culture. Her scholarship is focused on a variety of media: she studies reality/lifestyle television, popular film, new media, technologies like TiVo and consumer culture in order to understand how the media construct and circulate notions of "women's time." Dr. Nathanson argues that studying media portrayals of women's time is crucial to understanding definitions of femininity, women's labor and leisure in the post feminist context. Her article on domestic temporal efficiency and the Food Network show 30 Minute Meals will be published by Television and New Media (July 2009). Her work has also appeared in Framework. Before entering graduate school, she worked for the Education Department at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.