Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.

Portrait of Barbie Zelizer
Raymond Williams Professor of Communication
Associate Dean for Research; Director, Center for Media at Risk

Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. A former journalist, Zelizer is known for her work on journalism, culture, memory and images, particularly in times of crisis. She has authored or edited fourteen books, including the award-winning About To Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford, 2010) and Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera's Eye (Chicago, 1998), and over 150 articles, book chapters and essays.

In 2020, Zelizer was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; a Freedom Forum Center Research Fellowship; a Fellowship from Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; a Fellowship from the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies; a Fulbright Senior Scholar; a Fellowship from Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and an ACLS Fellowship. Zelizer is also a media critic, whose work has appeared in The Nation, PBS News Hour, CNN, The Huffington Post, Newsday, Liberation and other media organs.

Coeditor of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism and former Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, she is a past President of the International Communication Association, where she is also a Fellow, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She is a former Judge of the Peabody Awards for Excellence in Electronic Media, and her work has been translated into French, Korean, Turkish, Romanian, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew and Portuguese. She is currently working on a manuscript How the Cold War Drives the News.

Selected Publications


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The Center for Media at Risk, which will be launching in Spring 2018, is devoted to fostering free and critical media practice and scholarship....
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A keynote plenary given by Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. Delivered via video...
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Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., author of "About to Die: How News Images Move the Public," talks about violent images in the news in an interview with the Al...
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Professor Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., talks about the genesis of her book About to Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford, 2010).

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Courses Taught

COMM 339: Critical Perspectives in Journalism

COMM 439: Media Criticism

COMM 539: Journalism and the Academy

COMM 622: Communicating Memory

COMM 639: Communication and Cultural Studies

A former journalist, Barbie Zelizer's work focuses on the cultural dimensions of journalism, with a specific interest in journalistic authority, collective memory, and journalistic images in times of crisis and war.
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Zelizer's Network

  • Critical Journalism Studies
  • Culture and Communication
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Visual Communication
  • Center for Media at Risk
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Media, Inequality, and Change Center
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  • Scholars Program in Culture and Communication