I work in the area of critical media studies. My research and teaching interests include representations of privileged and marginalized groups in popular culture, political economy of media, and audience reception. My research primarily focuses on depictions of non-straight characters on television, including: Queer As Folk (U.S.); 90210; Degrassi; Glee; Pretty Little Liars; and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I have published articles in Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Flowtv: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture; Journal of Lesbian Studies; and Sexuality & Culture.
I teach courses on representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in popular culture, including: Gender and the Media: Themes and Controversies; Queer Media; Reality TV and the Politics of Difference; and Women, Media and Representation.
I have been granted a research leave from July 1 2017 to December 31 2017. During the fall of 2017, I will be a Visiting Professor at UBC Okanagan.
BA, University of Winnipeg
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto
Areas of Specialization:
critical media studies; cultural studies; feminist theory; postmodernism; queer theory; critical race theory; anti-oppressive theory
Peters, W. (forthcoming). Patient Stories: Re-narrating Illness and the Value of the Rejected Body. In Batacharya, S. & Wong, R. (Eds.) Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization. Under contract with Athabasca University Press. http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120269
Peters, W. (2016). Contours of the Closet: Conceptualizing Straight / Gay on Teen TV. FlowTV: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 22 (5). URL: http://www.flowjournal.org/2016/03/contours-of-the-closet/
Peters, W. (2016). Bullies and Blackmail: Finding Homophobia in the Closet on Teen TV. Sexuality & Culture, 20 (3): 486-503. doi:10.1007/s12119-016-9336-3
Peters, W. (2016) Victim + bully = love. FlowTV: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 22 (3). URL: http://www.flowjournal.org/2016/01/victim-bully-love/
Peters, W. (2015). Teen TV’s post-closet and postracial fictions. FlowTV: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 22 (1). URL: http://flowtv.org/2015/10/teen-tvs-post-closet-and-postracial-fictions/
Peters, W. (2011). Pink dollars, White collars: Queer As Folk, valuable viewers, and the price of gay TV. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 28 (3): 193-212. (6% acceptance rate). For those with university access this article is online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2011.559478
Peters, W. (2009). “It feels more like a parody”: Canadian Queer As Folk viewers and the show they love to complain about. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13 (1): 15-24. For those with university access this article is online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07380560802314094
Above article was invited for reprint in S. E. Cooper (Ed.) (2010) Lesbian Images in International Popular Culture. Routledge: New York, NY.
Peters, W. (2005). Queer identities: Rupturing identity categories and negotiating meanings of queer. Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme, 24 (2/3): 102-107.
Peters, W. (2003). Pretty, witty and White: Disrupting hetero-normalcy and reinventing privilege on Queer As Folk. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 22 (2): 135-137.
Peters, W. (1999). T.V.’s not evil, I am. broken pencil, 11 (Fall), 28.
Independent Publications / Zines
Peters, W., Bourgeois, M., Odette, F. & L. Dolmage (Eds.). (2001). Dis’n’tangle. 72 pages. Rainbow Alliance: Toronto, ON. An independent publication concerning queerness and disability.
Peters, W. & Pearce, L. (Eds.). (1999) doubleshift: Ladies Home Journal of Feminist Activism. 52 pages. Becky Lives: Winnipeg, MB. This zine received an excellent review in broken pencil magazine (Fall 1999, issue 11, pg. 35).
Peters, W. (1998) I-Rate. 10 pages. A zine concerned with the struggles of applying to graduate schools.