Barbara Zelizer

Professor of Communication and Raymond Williams Chair of Communication
304 Annenberg
(215) 898-4964

Barbie Zelizer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is Professor of Communication and holds the Raymond Williams Chair of Communication. A former journalist, 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. Coeditor and founder of the journal Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism (Sage), Zelizer 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. Zelizer has lectured widely both internationally and nationally, and her essays on the media have appeared in The Nation, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Newsday, and other publications. Author and editor of seven books and some 40 articles and book chapters, Zelizer's work has been translated into French, Hebrew, German, Portuguese and Japanese. Zelizer has been both a Guggenheim Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, and a Fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. Her previous academic appointment was at Temple University.

Courses Taught: 
  • COMM 339: Critical Perspectives in Journalism
  • COMM 439: Media Criticism
  • COMM 539: Journalism and the Academy
  • COMM 622: Communicating Memory
  • COMM 639: Issues In Cultural Studies
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