A 2013 Ph.D. graduate in Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan, Peter is a former co-editor-in-chief of flowtv.org at the University of Texas at Austin and a co-editor of the Michigan Feminist Studies Journal.
Peter's dissertation, "Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video, 1976-1986," traces the industrial transition of the adult film industry from celluloid-based production and distribution to home video with the introduction of the Sony Betamax in 1976. Arguing that this industrial transition was concomitant with a cultural shift in the regulation of gender and sexuality, this work examines the myriad ways in which adult video both triggered and contributed to a wide-ranging set of tensions and anxieties surrounding the understanding of mediated sexualities. From legal constraints to community censorship efforts, alongside the internal re-framing of pornography as a "respectable" object, the story of the transition of adult film to home video offers much to larger histories of gender, sexuality, and technology.
In fall 2014, Peter will be an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.