I am a tenured professor of journalism. I am the author of the books: The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Politicking Politely: Well-Behaved Women Making a Difference in the 1960s and 1970s (Lexington, 2017/2019) and Re-Evaluating Women’s Page Journalism in the Post-World War II Era: Celebrating Soft News (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018/2019). I am also a co-author of Mad Men & Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014/2016).

I am under contract to write the book, Newspaper Fashion Editors and the Rise of the Fashion Industry in the 1950s and ‘60s: Women Writers of the Runway.

I was the 2014 Winner of the Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism Award for my book and research blog about food journalism history. I have been a featured speaker for SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism, the Association of Food Journalists and the College English Association.

I have published more than 30 articles about women and journalism history, including those in American Journalism, Journalism History and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

I am a former chair of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. I am currently a member of the Publications Board for the American Journalism Historians Association.

I have been quoted about my research on NPR, the BBC, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Huff Post and numerous newspapers across the country.


  • Women’s studies
  • Women and the media
  • Journalism history
  • Food history
  • Media law
  • Social media