Kerry O. Ferris

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


Associate Professor
Office: Zulauf 805



Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles