Kerry Ferris is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. She uses ethnographic methods to study fame as a system of social power. Currently, she is researching the lives of professional celebrity impersonators and also analyzing the emotions communicated by celebrities in red-carpet interviews.
Jill Stein is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Santa Barbara City College. In addition to teaching introduction to sociology every semester, she has studied narrative processes in 12-step programs, the role of popular culture in higher learning, and group culture among professional rock musicians.