Prior to being hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific in 2006, Dr. McCarthy was appointed Senior Director of Entertainment, Arts, and Humanities at California State University, Northridge. Before teaching, she worked for producer Ray Stark as a Creative Executive and Head of Development at RASTAR Productions at Sony Pictures Entertainment for many years. Dr. McCarthy has been a keynote speaker for events and conferences, including the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Conference. Her book, Outlander and the Heroine's Journey, is due for publication, Spring 2017 (McFarland Press). Her book, The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood, was published in 2014.