Bernadette Wegenstein is an Austrian-born Professor at Johns Hopkins University where she is also the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies. She is author of the several influential books in the field of media studies, such as Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory (MIT Press, 2006) and The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty (MIT Press, 2012).

Bernadette has also produced and directed the documentaries Made Over in America (55 min Icarusfilms, 2008) and co-directed See You Soon Again (65 min The Cinema Guild, 2012), which was theatrically released in Austria and aired on PBS and on Austrian and German national television in 2013. She is also a programmer for the Austrian Human Rights Film Festival thishumanworld.