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Carolyn Bronstein

  • Vincent de Paul Professor of Media Studies, Associate Dean
  • ​​​PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison)​​​​​​​​
  • Public Relations and Advertising; Sports Communication
  • (312) 362-7975
  • ​​​14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1833
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, Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s​was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in December, 2016. Prior to that, Bronstein explored the topic of pornography in Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976-1986, which 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 BA and MA degrees in Communication from Stanford University in 1989 and 1990. She completed her PhD 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. She was named a fellow with AEJMC's Institute for Diverse Leadership in 2015.

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.

Bronstein will also be serving as the College of Communication's Associate Dean for Enrollment and Strategic Planning starting Autumn, 2015.

Selected Writing

"Battling Pornography" (DePaul Distinctions)


Battling Pornography Book Reviews

  • American Historical review 
  • The Journal of American History review 
  • History in the City review