Erin Arizzi (

B.A., with Phi Beta Kappa, English and Communication Studies, Villanova University

M.A., Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Erin Arizzi is a PhD candidate in Media and Technology Studies. Her dissertation is a cultural history of femininity in the U.S. since the 1960s. Working across rhetoric, media studies, literary theory, and feminist/gender studies, the project offers a critical analysis that speaks to contemporary debates about “work-life balance” in the United States. Individual chapters discuss Joan Didion and femininity, the emergence of lifestyle blogging in relation to home economics, and Kelly Reichardt’s cinematic neo-realism.