Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.

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Raymond Williams Professor of Communication
Director, Scholars Program in Culture and Communication

Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, and the Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. A former journalist, Professor Zelizer is co-editor and founder of the journal Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism (Sage), and also has served on the editorial boards of numerous book series and journals, including Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Popular Communication, and Critical and Cultural Studies in Communication. She has lectured widely both internationally and nationally, and her essays on the media have appeared in The Nation, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Newsday, The Huffington Post, and other publications. Her most recent single-authored book is the award-winning About to Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford 2010).

A Past President of the International Communication Association, Zelizer has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Research Fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, a Fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Her previous academic appointment was at Temple University.


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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

Professor Zelizer's research 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. She also works on the impact of disciplinary knowledge on academic inquiry.

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