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Skidmore College Offering Class on “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus”

This summer, Skidmore College will reportedly offer a course called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media.”

The course, which will be taught by visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Carolyn Chernoff, will examine how “ongoing media frenzy focused on Miley Cyrus’ public image, music, and body highlights the ways in which intersectional identities are shaped by pop culture and mass media.” 

According to the leaked syllabus, which can be found on Buzzfeed, the class will also cover the rise of the Disney Princess, what happens to Disney stars as they age, gender stratification and the hyper-commodification of childhood and more. 

Chernoff specializes in the “role of culture in reproducing and transforming social inequality” and is the cofounder of The Girls’ DJ Collective. She is also a long-time cultural worker and activist and has worked with many women’s cultural organizations on issues of violence prevention, self-expression, and arts and culture. 

Kelsey is a junior at The Ohio State University where she majors in Journalism. She serves as an Editorial Intern and Contributing Writer for Her Campus, and also writes for U lala. Her hobbies include loitering in cafés, watching '80s movies, and obsessing over British boys with perfect hair. After graduation, Kelsey hopes to work for a fashion magazine or lifestyle publication. You can follow Kelsey on Twitter (@kelseypomeroy) and Instagram (@kelseypomeroy).