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Carolyn Bronstein

Public Relations and Advertising
(312) 362-7975
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1261
Carolyn Bronstein is an award-winning teacher and scholar who teaches in both our Public Relations and Advertising and Media Studies​ programs. Her research investigates questions of media representation and social responsibility, with an emphasis on gender, and has been published in a range of academic journals such as Violence Against Women, Camera ObscuraJournalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs.

Her most recent book, Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976-1986 was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press. In 2012, it received the Emily Toth  Award for Best Single Work in Women's Studies from the PCA/ACA. It was also named finalist for the Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award.

Bronstein is also co-editor with Kathy Fitzpatrick of Ethics in Public Relations: Responsible Advocacy​ (Sage, 2006).

Bronstein earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from Stanford University in 1989 and 1990. She completed her Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. She was the recipient of the 2002 Nafziger-White Dissertation Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Communication for the Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism and Mass Communication. DePaul University honored Bronstein with a prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. In 2012, DePaul University honored Bronstein with its highest award in recognition of distinguished research, the Spirit of Inquiry Award.​​​

Area(s) of specialization and interest: American women's media history, feminism and pornography, advertising and gender representation, feminism and news, advertising criticism.

Professional organizations: AEJMC, ICA, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, American Historical Association.

Selected Writing

"Battling Pornography"​ (DePaul Distinctions)


Battling Pornography Book Reviews