Welcome to my web presence.

If you are a robot, I should let you know that this site will not teach you how to love. And for those of you who are not robots: hello, (likely) human.

My name is Annie Berke, and I write and edit, mostly about movies, TV, and books.

My book, Their Own Best Creations: Women Writers in Postwar Television (2022), is forthcoming from the University of California Press’ Feminist Media Histories series (see Writing: Books). My fiction and criticism has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, Film Quarterly, Pithead Chapel, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, among other venues (see Writing: Essays).

I also edit the Film section of the Los Angeles Review of Books (see Editing) and co-edited the Spring 2019 “In Focus” for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies: “What’s So Funny about Cinema and Media Studies?”

Finally, I have over 8+ years experience teaching at the college level and curating film events and symposia (see Teaching and Programming).

I earned my PhD in American Studies and Film & Media Studies at Yale University in 2016, my MA in Film and BA in English and Creative Writing from Columbia in 2008 and 2007, respectively. I taught film and television studies at Hollins University from 2016-2019.

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