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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. Her latest book, Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life (Oxford University Press), recovers the story of a twentieth-century feminist, labor lawyer, anti-war activist, and radical journalist, co-founder of the National Woman’s Party and the International League for Peace and Freedom, and the woman who engineered 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.

Selected Publications

Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life (Oxford University Press)

“Recovering the ‘Most Neglected Feminist Leader of the Twentieth Century’: Crystal Eastman, Historical Memory, and the Bequest of an Intersectional Inheritance.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 48:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2020).

“Activist, Pacifist, Mother, Feminist, Wife: Private Interventions in the Public Memory of Crystal Eastman.” In Remembering Differently; Re-figuring Women’s Rhetorical Work, eds. Gaillet and Gaillet. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.

"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 

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
  • Ethical Controversies in 21st Century Media
  • Online Journalism
  • Interviews and Profiles