Sarah Projansky is Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs in the College of Fine Arts. She holds a joint-appointment as Professor of Film & Media Arts and of Gender Studies and is an Adjunct Professor of Communication.
Prior to coming to the University of Utah, she was the Associate Head of the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, where she was also a member of the Academic Senate Executive Committee. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and as Chair of the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association. She is currently a member of the board of Console-ing Passions and the editorial boards of Celebrity Studies, Cinema Journal, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Sports and Social Issues, and Women's Studies in Communication.
Sarah is author of Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture (2014, NYU Press) and the award-winning Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture (2001, NYU Press), as well as co-editor of Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek (1996, Westview Press). She has published articles on gender, race, and sexuality in film, television, and U.S. popular culture and convergence media in Cinema Journal, Journal of Children & Media, Velvet Light Trap, Women's Studies in Communication, Signs, and various anthologies.
Sarah's courses include Film Theory, Introduction to TV, Gender and Contemporary Issues, Girl Films, Film and Television Stars, and Feminist Girls' Media Studies. She has been a member of numerous dissertation committees and MFA committees, and she has directed many undergraduate honors theses.