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Carolyn Kitch

Dr. Carolyn Kitch is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Journalism at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, where she teaches in the Department of Journalism and in the Media and Communication Doctoral Program. She is Affiliated Faculty in the university’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and a Faculty Fellow in its Center for the Humanities. Her research and teaching areas include media history, magazines, gender, public memory, visual communication, and cultural theory. Her scholarship has appeared in dozens of journals as well as five books: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage (2020), co-edited with Linda Steiner and Brooke Kroeger; Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past (2012); Journalism in a Culture of Grief (2008), co-authored with Janice Hume; Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines (2005); and The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media (2001). She is a member of the editorial boards of 11 scholarly journals and has won multiple research awards including, in 2022, the Donald L. Shaw Senior Scholar Award from the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 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.

Areas of interest

  • history
  • women and gender
  • social memory
  • visual communication


Research networks/advisory boards

  • Associate, Memory and Media Research Network (international; funded by the German Research Foundation), since 2022
  • Advisory Board member, Circulating American Magazines, NEH-funded project mapping historical magazine-circulation data, led by Brooks Hefner and Edward Timke, 2017-2020

Membership on the Editorial Boards of scholarly journals

  • American Journalism
  • Journal of Communication Inquiry
  • Journal of Magazine Media
  • Journalism & Communication Monographs

Membership in scholarly organizations

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • International Communication Association
  • American Journalism Historians Association

Research affiliations within Temple University

  • Faculty Fellow, Center for the Humanities at Temple, 2014-15 and 2023-24
  • Affiliated Faculty, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, since 2000