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Amy Aronson

Amy Aronson


Martino Hall, Room 701



PhD, Columbia University
BA, Princeton University

Biography and Research Interests

Dr. Aronson holds a BA from Princeton University and a PhD from Columbia University, and is the editor of the international quarterly, Media History. A former editor at Working Woman and Ms., her work has also appeared in such publications as Business Week, Global Journalist, Working Mother and the Boston Globe. She is currently writing a cultural biography of the early twentieth-century feminist and attorney Crystal Eastman, a rebel journalist, publisher, media activist and the woman behind the founding of the ACLU.

She studies media history with a focus on American magazines and periodical literature. Within that frame, her primary research interest is gender, including both femininity and masculinity studies. A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Aronson has published both scholarly and journalistic work on issues of gender, diversity, journalism history and American culture.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Introduction to Mass Communication and Media Studies
  • Writing for Magazines
  • History of Women's Magazines in the U.S.
  • Persuasion and Public Opinion
  • Gendered Journalism: Men, Women, Magazines
  • Online Journalism
  • Interviews and Profiles

Selected Publications

Crystal Eastman: A Documentary Biography (under contract, University of Illinois)

"Activist, Pacifist, Mother, Feminist, Wife: Private Interventions and the Public Memory of Crystal Eastman," in Remembering Women: The Construction of Female Reputation, eds. Gaillet and Gaillet.  University of South Carolina Press, 2017.

"Everything Old is New Again: How the 'New' User-Generated Magazine Takes Us Back to the Future." American Journalism 31:3, (Autumn 2014) - Won Best Article of the Year Award from the American Journalism Historians Association

"Still Reading Women's Magazines: Reconsidering the Tradition a Half Century After The Feminine Mystique." American Journalism 27:2, (Spring 2010)

"Reconceiving the Women's Magazine." Forthcoming in Media Report to Women, (Winter 2010)

“Changing Gender Through Journalism: Revising Identity in The Lily.” In Seeking a Voice: Images of Race and Gender in 19th Century Journalism. Purdue University Press, 2009

“Women’s Magazines.” In Robin Andersen and Jonathan Gray, eds. Battleground: The Media (Greenwood, 2008)

“Domesticity and Collective Agency: Contribution and Collaboration in America’s First Successful Women’s Magazine.” American Periodicals, (Spring, 2004)

Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia,  Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, ABC-Clio, 2003

Taking Liberties: Early American Women's Magazines and Their Readers, Praeger, 2002 

Media History Special Issue on Women's Magazines in the 20th Century, 2000