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Kerry O. Ferris
Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Scholarly Interests: I believe that fame is an underexamined system of social power in contemporary society; I work toward a sociology of fame using ethnographic methods and a symbolic interactionist approach. My past studies have included analyses of fan-celebrity relations, celebrity sightings and celebrity stalking. My current project examines the work lives of professional celebrity impersonators.

Recent Courses Taught: Social Psychology; Mass Media and Popular Culture; Qualitative Methods

E-mail: kferris@niu.edu
Office: Zulauf 805

Curriculum Vitae