Alison Hearn is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her work focuses on the intersections of visual culture, consumer culture, reality television, new media, and self-production. She also writes on the history of university as a cultural site. She has published in such journals as Topia, Continuum, The Journal of Consumer Culture, and Bad Subjects and in edited volumes including The Celebrity Culture Reader, Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, 2nd edition, and The Media and Social Theory. She is co-author of Outside the Lines: Issues in Interdisciplinary Research (McGill-Queens University Press, 1997). Dr. Hearn is a member of the Digital Labour Group.