Samita Nandy

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Samita Nandy is a Canadian sociologist. She has been awarded a Doctorate in celebrity culture from the Department of Media and Information at Curtin University, Australia.[1]


Nandy's work explores celebrity and how it and on-line media impact cultural perceptions[2] and has included research into why people feel aggrieved about the death of celebrities.[3] Her PhD dissertation, "Celebrities in Canada: fame and national identity" is archived in the National Library of Australia.[4] She has said that a popular music artist's back catalogue sales increase substantially after their death, because fans treat their work as a piece of immortality.[5] She has taught at Curtin University in Australia, and Canada's Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. She founded the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies.[6] She has attempted to study the rise of social media, in particular the role Twitter has played in Justin Bieber's popularity.[7]


  • Fame in Hollywood North (2015)[8]


  1. ^ "Dr Samita Nandy". Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Alexander & Bronk 2018, p. 97.
  3. ^ "Why Your Grief Over A Celebrity's Death Feels So Real". Vice. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Nandy, Samita (2012). Celebrities in Canada: fame and national identity (Sociology thesis).
  5. ^ "Here's the scientific reason you're reaching for Aretha Franklin music right now". Yahoo Entertainment. August 16, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Alexander & Bronk 2018, p. viii.
  7. ^ Alexander & Bronk 2018, p. 14.
  8. ^ Nandy, Samita (August 6, 2015). Fame in Hollywood North: A Theoretical Guide to Celebrity Cultures in Canada. WaterHill Publishing. ISBN 9780993993831.


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