Carolyn Kitch

Carolyn Kitch

Carolyn Kitch

  • Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

    • Journalism

      • Laura H. Carnell Professor

    • Media and Communication


Dr. Carolyn Kitch is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Journalism in the Department of Journalism and the Media and Communication Doctoral Program of Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. She also has been a Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Temple. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited five books: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage (University of Illinois Press, 2020), co-edited with Linda Steiner and Brooke Kroeger; Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past (Penn State University Press, 2012); Journalism in a Culture of Grief (Routledge, 2008), co-authored with Janice Hume; Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines (University of North Carolina Press, 2005); and The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). Additionally she has published more than 70 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews and is a member of the editorial boards of 11 scholarly journals. During her 21 years at Temple, she has taught undergraduate and graduate classes on media history, media and social memory, gender and media, visual communication, journalism theory, magazine journalism, and cultural studies. Previously she taught at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked as a magazine editor and writer for McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, and Reader’s Digest.

Research Interests

  • Media history
  • Gender and women’s studies
  • Public memory
  • Magazines
  • Visual communication

Courses Taught




JRN 3705

Gender and American Mass Media


JRN 3900

Honors Special Topics in Journalism


MMC 9748

Media and Social Memory


Selected Publications


  • Kitch, C. (2021). News Media as Artifacts of Loss: Journalism History in the 9/11 Museum. Journalism History, 47(3), 223-225. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00947679.2021.1908811.

  • Hargrave, L. & Kitch, C. (2021). Life on Campus: Life Magazine’s “College Girl” as an Ordinary and Ideal Symbol of America in the 1930s. Journalism History, 47(2), 170-188. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00947679.2020.1866409.

  • Steiner, L., Kitch, C., & Kroeger, B. (2020). Front Pages, Front Lines Media and the Fight for Women's Suffrage. University of Illinois Press.

  • Kitch, C. (2018). “A living archive of modern protest”: Memory-making in the Women’s March. Popular Communication, 16(2), 119-127. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/15405702.2017.1388383.