Carolyn Kitch

Carolyn Kitch

Chair, Professor

Journalism and M&C

Annenberg Hall, Room 345
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


I teach or have taught courses in my home Department of Journalism (History of Journalism, Magazine Editing and Design, Intro to Magazines, Gender and American Mass Media, Critical Perspectives on Journalism) as well as the SCT doctoral program in Mass Media and Communication (Media and Social Memory, Critical Analysis of Mass Media, and Qualitative Research Methods), and I’ve served as the Faculty Director for SMC’s programs in London and Dublin. My research focuses on journalism history, media and public memory, gender and media, and magazines. I have authored or co-authored four books and many journal articles on these subjects, and they are listed below. I serve on the Editorial Boards of 10 academic journals and am Associate Editor of Journalism &  Mass Comunication Quarterly. For 11 years, I was a magazine editor and writer in New York City, holding staff positions at McCall’s and Good Housekeeping, where I was a senior acquisitions editor, and publishing freelance writing in magazines including eader’s Digest, Health, American Health, Venture, and New Jersey Monthly. I previously taught at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


PhDMass Media and CommunicationsTemple University
MAAmerican StudiesPennsylvania State University
BSJournalismBoston University


BookPennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial PastPenn State University Press2012
BookJournalism in a Culture of GriefJanice HumeRoutledge2008
BookPages from the Past: History and Memory in American MagazinesUniversity of North Carolina Press2005
BookThe Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass MediaUniversity of North Carolina Press2001
Journal ArticlesMore than 30 articles published in scholarly journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs, Journalism: Theory, Culture, and Practice, Journalism Studies, American Journalism, Journalism History, Memory Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of Magazines and New Media Research, Popular Communication, and Pennsylvania History


TitleType of AwardDate
Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Senior Faculty MemberTeaching2005
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished TeachingTeaching2004
School of Communications and Theater Award for Faculty ResearchResearch2011
James W. Carey Media Research AwardResearch2007
James E. Murphy Memorial Award for Best Faculty ResearchResearch2006
Hillier Kreighbaum Under-40 AwardResearch2000
Maurine Beasley Award for Research on Women’s Journalism HistoryResearch1999
Choice Award, Outstanding Academic TitleCreative2006
Choice Award, Outstanding Academic TitleCreative2002