Annie Berke

Annie Berke

Annie Berke is an assistant professor of film at Hollins, with areas of expertise in American film and television, media industry studies, comedy and humor, and women’s and gender studies. She is currently under contract at the University of California Press for her book manuscript, You Just Type: Women Television Writers in 1950s America, and has an article on women story editors forthcoming for Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. Annie is also the faculty co-chair of the Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group, housed within the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.

Annie has been actively involved with film and cultural programming since serving as Director of Programming for the 2015 Environmental Film Festival at Yale. She has co-curated numerous film programs on the Western genre and postwar American media, and, more recently, co-organized the 2017 bell hooks residency at Hollins.

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Areas of Expertise

  • American film and television
  • Media industry studies
  • Comedy and humor
  • Women’s and gender studies

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Film as Art
  • American Cinema
  • Television Situation Comedy
  • World Cinema
  • Film and Censorship
  • Theories of Comedy


  • Ph.D., Film & Media Studies, American Studies, Yale University
  • M.A., Film Studies, Columbia University
  • B.A., English Literature and Creative Writing, Columbia University

Publications & Articles

  • “Bad Feminists: The Secret History of TV’s How to Marry a Millionaire,” Feminist Media Histories 3.2 (166-174), 2017.
  • “Laura Petrie and Performance as Wifely Duty,” from “Women & Television Comedy: A Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore,” Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture (February 19, 2017).
  • “‘Never Let the Camera Catch Me Acting’: Lillian Gish as Actor, Star, and Theorist,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (2016).


  • Current faculty co-chair of the Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group (Society of Cinema and Media Studies)
  • Director of Programming, 2015 Environmental Film Festival at Yale