Carolyn Kitch
Carolyn Kitch
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Journalism
Departments: Journalism, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-5077
Annenberg Hall, Room 330B

Biography

Research Areas
Media history / gender and women’s studies / public memory / magazines / visual 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.

Education

Degree

Field

School

PhD

Mass Media and Communications

Temple University

MA

American Studies

Pennsylvania State University

BS

Journalism

Boston University

Recent Publications

Books

Steiner, Linda, Carolyn Kitch, and Brooke Kroeger, eds. Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, in press for March 2020.

Kitch, Carolyn. Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012.

Kitch, Carolyn and Janice Hume. Journalism in a Culture of Grief. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Kitch, Carolyn. Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Choice Award, Outstanding Academic Titles for 2006. Winner of the James W. Carey Media Research Award from the Carl Couch Center.

Kitch, Carolyn. The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. Translated and published in China, 2006. Choice Award, Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002.

Selected recent journal articles

Kitch, Carolyn. “A Future from the Past: Perspectives from Memory Studies.” The Society of Americanists Review, 1 (2018): 43-75.

Kilmer, Paulette D., Carolyn Kitch, Amy Mattson Lauters, and Jane Marcellus. “Historical Roundtable: The Use of Theory in History.” Historiography, 4, no. 5 (2018): 33-51.

Kitch, Carolyn. “‘A Living Archive of Modern Protest’: Memory-Making in the Women’s March.” Popular Communication, 16, no. 2 (Apr-June 2018): 119-127. Special issue on “Memory and Human Rights.”

Pruchniewska, Urszula and Carolyn Kitch. “‘The Nation’s Stamp of Approval’: The 1976 Women’s Magazine Campaign for the ERA.” Media Report to Women, 45, no. 4 (Fall 2017): 6-11, 20-22.

Kitch, Carolyn. “Making Things Matter: The Material Value of Old Media.” American Journalism, 32, no. 3 (Fall 2015):  355-362.

Kitch, Carolyn. “Women in the Newsroom: Status and Stasis.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 92, no. 1 (March 2015), 35-38. (Introduction to special issue I edited.)

Selected recent book chapters

Kitch, Carolyn. “‘Taking Back’ a Post-Conflict City: Tourism, Anniversary Memory, and the New Histories of Belfast.” Communicating Memory & History. Ed. Nicole Maurantonio and  David W. Park. New York: Peter Lang, 2019. 155-173.

Kitch, Carolyn.  “Journalism as Memory.” Handbook of Communication Science. Ed. Tim P. Vos. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2018. 164-181.

Kitch, Carolyn. “Theory and Methods of Analysis: Models for Understanding Magazines.” The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research: The Future of the Magazine Form. Ed. David Abrahamson and Marcia Prior Miller. New York: Routledge, 2015. 9-21.

Kitch, Carolyn. “Historical Authority and the ‘Potent Journalistic Reputation’: A Longer View of Legacy-Making in American News Media.” Journalism and Memory. Ed. Barbie Zelizer and Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014. 227-241.

Courses Taught

Graduate courses

Media and Social Memory; Historical Methods for Media and Communication Research; Journalism and Mass Communication History; Qualitative Research Methods; Critical Perspectives on Journalism; Critical Analysis of Mass Media; The American Magazine

Undergraduate courses

History of Journalism; Gender and American Mass Media; Visual Communication; Media, Memory and Social Change; Introduction to Magazines; Magazine Editing and Design; plus various courses taught in study-abroad programs in London and Dublin

Selected presentations (invited lectures)

  • “‘Fateful Intersections of History’: Journalism, Public Memory, and the New Storytellers of the American Civil Rights Movement,” Guido H. Stempel III Memorial Lecture, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 2018
  • “Separate Centenaries: New Visual Memory of the Somme and the Easter Rising in Belfast,” “Aesthetic Afterlives: Memory, Transfiguration and the Arts” conference, Princeton University, 2016
  • “When Does Memory End and History Begin? Testimony, Tribute, and Imaginative Re-Engagement with Troubled Pasts,” Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Center for the Humanities at Temple, Temple University, 2015
  • “What Story Survives: The Intersections of Journalism, Place, and Vernacular Culture in Public Memory of Violent Events,” Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture in Communications, Penn State University, 2013
  • “Pennsylvania in Public Memory: My Journey through Industrial Heritage Culture,” Plenary Address, Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2012
  • “‘What Would We Have Done?’ Moral Imagination in News and Public Memory,” B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2012
  • “‘Coming Together in Solidarity’: Constructing Community in News Coverage of Tragedy,” Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, 2011
  • “On Media Memory” Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation, at Yad Vashem, University of Haifa, and Nentanya Academic College, Israel, 2009

Selected awards

  • Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research, Ohio University, 2018
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, with Urszula Pruchniewska, Magazine Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2017
  • B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Award, University of Utah, 2012
  • James Murphy Award (Top Faculty Paper), with Carrie Teresa, AEJMC Cultural and Critical Studies Division, 2012
  • Award for Distinguished Faculty Research, Klein College, Temple University, 2011
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 2011
  • James W. Carey Media Research Award (for Pages from the Past), 2006
  • Choice Award, Outstanding Academic Titles, Association of College and Research Libraries, for Pages from the Past, 2006
  • James Murphy Award (Top Paper), AEJMC Cultural and Critical Studies Division, 2006
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, Temple University, 2005
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, AEJMC Magazine Division, 2005
  • Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Senior Faculty Member, Klein College, 2004
  • Top Conference Paper, American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA), 2004
  • Scholar in Residence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2004
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, AEJMC Magazine Division, 2003
  • Choice Award, Outstanding Academic Titles, Association of College and Research Libraries, for The Girl on the Magazine Cover, 2002
  • Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, AEJMC, 2000
  • Top Faculty Paper Award, AEJMC Magazine Division, 2000
  • Maurine Beasley Award for Research on Women’s Journalism History, AJHA, 1999