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Research interests (short)

Biography; Life Writing; Gossip, Celebrity, and Culture; Auto-ethnography; Auto-biography and digital selves; Media Studies; Feminist Studies; 20th Century American History and Literature; Literature of the American South

Biographical details

Oline Eaton earned a PhD in English Research at King's College London. Her critical/creative dissertation, entitled “Solving the Jackie Mystery”: Celebrity, emotion and everyday life in critical and creative practice, used the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to analyze popular forms of biographical writing in relation to celebrity and culture. 

Oline holds an MA from the University of Chicago in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, with a specialization in Biography, and a BA from Mississippi State University in English Literature & Language. She was previously host of the New Books in Biography channel on the New Books Network podcasts, and sits on the Board of Directors for Biographers International Organization (BIO).

In collaboration with Nanette O'Brien (University of Oxford), she founded and convened the Life-Writers of London Seminar Series, with funding from the Centre for Life Writing Research (CLWR) at King's College London, and organized the After-Image: Celebrity & Life-Writing conference, with funding from CLWR, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing.

As a Consultant to the Researcher Development Unit at King’s College London, she developed and designed a web-based magazine entitled Currently@Kings, which will help researchers connect their work with a mainstream audience while also raising the research profile of King’s. 

She was a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow at the 2016 T.S. Eliot International Summer School and currently teaches within the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's.

In January 2017, she launched The Way Up, a trans-Atlantic feminist podcast developed Sarah Hosein, in order to promote conversation across cultures, genders and generations, and to touch upon the ways in which inequality shapes individual and collective experience. 

Her book on Jacqueline Onassis, entitled An Alarming Life, is forthcoming.   

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.findingjackie.com

Research interests

Oline's research focuses on the way we write lives- particularly those of women- in popular forms and the changes to those narratives over time. She is interested in gossip, mid-20th century celebrity, digital modes of life-writing, and the role popular forms play in the dissimination, circulation, renegotiation, and preservation of life-narratives. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, 'Jackie': The Tabloid Years; Jackie Onassis vs. the Movie Magazines, University of Chicago

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Mississippi State University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003


  • E151 United States (General)
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Nuclear Anxiety
  • New Journalism
  • Gossip
  • Tabloid Culture
  • Cultural heritage
  • Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Memory
  • Creative Industries
  • Museums
  • PE English
  • Life-writing
  • Biography
  • Gossip
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • Feminism
  • Widowhood
  • women's studies


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