Suzanne Leonard is Associate Professor of English, and co-coordinator of the college's interdisciplinary minor in Cinema and Media Studies. She is the author of Fatal Attraction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and co-editor of Fifty Hollywood Directors (Routledge, 2014).
She regularly instructs classes on American film and television studies, feminist media studies, women's literature, literary interpretation, and cultural studies, and frequently teaches courses affiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies department and the college's Gender and Cultural Studies Master's program. She also teaches graduate classes through the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT.
Professor Leonard is most interested in the intersections between feminism and popular culture, and her work has examined topics including: the treatment of the adultery plot in feminist novels; marriage envy; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's epic romance; Lily Tomlin; political spouses and The Good Wife; reality television and celebrity culture; and working women in American film and television.
Professor Leonard is currently working on a book on marriage and wives called Wife, Inc.: The Business of Marriage in Twenty-First Century American Culture.
Suzanne Leonard is a tenured Associate Professor of English at Simmons College specializing in feminist media studies. Her current research project is a book tentatively titled Wife, Inc: The Business of Marriage in Twenty-First Century American Culture. This manuscript looks at the presentation of heterosexual marriage in contemporary media, and takes a feminist cultural studies approach to the topic. It includes chapters on online dating, wedding themed television, the rise of the housewife as icon, marriage reality television, and political spouses.
Other recent publications include:
Fifty Hollywood Directors. Co-edited with Yvonne Tasker. London: Routledge, 2014.
“Lily Tomlin: Queer Characters, Funny Feminism, and Multi-media Stardom.” Hysterical! Women in American Comedy. Eds. Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant. Austin: University of Texas Press, forthcoming 2015.
“The Return of Liz and Dick,” First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics. Eds. Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2015.
“After Ever After: Bethenny Frankel, Self-Branding and the ‘New Intimacy of Work.’” Co-authored with Diane Negra. Cupcakes, Pinterest, Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early 21st Century. Ed. Elana Levine. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2015.
Sexuality, Technology, and Sexual Scandal in The Good Wife.” Feminist Media Studies 14.6 (December 2014).
“Escaping the Recession? The New Vitality of the Woman Worker.” Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity. Eds. Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014. 31-58.
“The Americanization of Emma Bovary: From Feminist Icon to Desperate Housewife.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38.3 (Spring 2013): 647-669.