DAHLIA SCHWEITZER is a pop culture critic and writer. Described by renowned author Toby Miller as “one of the world’s leading analysts of popular culture” and by Vogue as “sexy, rebellious, and cool,” Schweitzer writes about film, television, music, gender, identity, and everything in between. Her work can be found across mainstream, academic, and emergent channels. The Baton Rouge-born novelist, chanteuse, and performance artist studied at Wesleyan University, lived and worked in New York and Berlin, completed her graduate work at the Art Center College of Design and the University of California-Los Angeles, before returning to New York, where she currently teaches classes in film and media.

Her latest book, L.A. Private Eyes, examines the tradition of the private eye as it evolves in films, books, and television shows set in Los Angeles from the 1930’s through the present day. This book explores the metamorphosis of the solitary detective figure and the many facets of the genre itself.

She is also the author of Going Viral: Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World, which explores depictions of pandemics and outbreak narratives in contemporary American film and television, as well as Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster, a historical, political, and cultural analysis of Office Killer, the only movie directed by American photographer Cindy Sherman. This book, like her works of fiction, Queen of Hearts, Seduce Meand Lovergirlexplores issues of feminism, identity, and the role of women in contemporary society. She has essays in publications including Cinema JournalJournal of Popular Film and TelevisionHyperallergicJump CutQuarterly Review of Film and Video, and The Journal of Popular Culture, and she has released two albums of electronic dance music, Plastique and Original Pickup.