Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the New York Times-bestselling SeinfeldiaWhen Women Invented Television (both Harper), Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Tedand Sex and the City and Us (both Simon & Schuster). She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and her nonfiction has appeared in BBC Culture, the New York Times Book Review, Vice, New York magazine, and Billboard. She also speaks about pop culture history and creativity. She holds a BS from Northwestern University.

Mara Reinstein writes the MaraMovies blog, which features reviews, essays, and reporting about the film industry. She is the film critic for US Weekly magazine, where she is also a former deputy editor, and she is a contributing entertainment editor for Parade magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Architectural Digest, Billboard, Glamour, the Hollywood Reporter,Variety, TV Guide, The New York Observer, and Emmy magazine. She holds a BA from the University of Missouri. 

Salma Zarook wrote Salam From Salma, a travel and lifestyle blog, and now writes for Medium. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Pasadena Now and Voiceworks, and one of her short stories won the Australia-wide Write4Fun competition. She has taught for Johns Hopkins University, the New Horizon School LA, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and Five Tuition in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a BA from the University of Melbourne.

Julie Zeilinger is the creator and founding editor of the blog The FBomb, which is now partnered with the Women’s Media Center as an international blog for socially conscious teens. She is the author of the nonfiction books A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word (Seal Press) and College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year (Prufrock Press), and her nonfiction has appeared in Vox, Forbes, Marie Claire, CNN, and Billboard. She has worked as politics and issues editor at MTV News and as a staff writer for Mic.com. She holds a BA from Barnard College.