Andrew Mendelson

Andrew Mendelson

Associate Professor and Chair

Journalism and M&C

Annenberg Hall, Room 316B
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


I am very passionate about understanding the role visual messages play in society. My research interests focus the roles photoographs shape people’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. Recent work examines the nature of visual truth created by camera phones, the narratives about World War I created through 3D photographs and the visual stories college students tell through their Facebook photographs. I am currently working on a book about the paparazzi and celebrity image making.

My teaching areas include photojournalism, visual literacy, journalism and society, communication theory and research methods. I have worked as a photographer for newspapers, magazines and public relations organizations. I also worked as a freelance designer. Outside of the university, I sit on the board of directors of the Fiver Children’s Foundation, an organization that runs a camp for economically disadvantaged children from New York City.

Courses Taught

Number Name Level
JRN 3403 Documentary Photography Undergraduate
JRN 3707 Visual Communication Undergraduate
JRN 3900 Honors Special Topics in Journalism Undergraduate
MC 9605 Visual Communication Graduate


Mendelson, A.L., & C. Kitch (2011). Creating a Photographic Record of the First World War: “Real History” and Recuperative Memory in Stereography. Journalism History, 37(3), 142-150.

Popp, R., & Mendelson, A.L., (2010). “X”-ing Out Enemies: Time Magazine, Visual Rhetoric, and the War in Iraq. Journalism, 11(2), 203-221.

Mendelson, A.L., & Darling-Wolf, F. (2009). Tell me a story about Arabs: An analysis of readers’ interpretations of visual and verbal narratives in a National Geographic story on Saudi Arabia. Journalism, 10(6), 798-818.

Darling-Wolf, F., & Mendelson, A.L. (2008). Seeing themselves through the lens of the Other: An analysis of the cross-cultural production and negotiation of National Geographic’s The Samurai Way story. Journalism and Mass Comnmunication Monographs, 10(3), 285-322.

Coyle, J., Mendelson, A.L. & Kim, H. (2008) The Effects of Interactive Images and Goal-Seeking Behavior on Telepresence and Site Ease of Use. Journal of Website Promotion. 3(1-2), 39-61.

Coleman, R., Lieber, P., Mendelson A.L., & Kurpius, D.W. (2008). Public life and the Internet: If you build a better web site, will they become engaged? New Media and Society, 10, 179-202.

Mendelson, A.L., & Papacharissi, Z. (2007). Reality vs. Fiction: How defined realness affects cognitive & emotional responses to photographs. Visual Communication Quarterly, 14(4), 231-243.

Mendelson, A.L. (2007). On the function of the United States paparazzi: mosquito swarm or watchdogs of celebrity image control and power. Visual Studies, 22(2), 169-173.

Papacharissi, Z., & Mendelson, A.L. (2007). An exploratory study of reality appeal: Uses and gratifications of reality TV shows. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 51(2), 355-370.

Mendelson, A.L. & Smith, C.Z. (2006). Visions of a New State: Israel as Celebrated by Robert Capa. Journalism Studies, 7(2), 187-211.


Name Type of Service Position Dates Active
Fiver Children's Foundation Community Member, Board of Directors 1998


Title Type of Award Date
William H. Taft Outstanding Adviser Award Service 2011
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching Teaching 2010
SCT Distinguished Junior Faculty Teaching Award Teaching 2005
2003 National Geographic Photographic Division Faculty Fellow, National Geographic Society Research/Creative 2003