Department : Communication
Email : email@example.com
Phone : 718-862-3847
Office : LEO 207E
PHD, Temple University
MA, Temple University
BA, University of Maryland
I am a media researcher and professor first, and I put a lot of time and effort into those roles. Not just because it is a career, but because I love what I do. I joke that I get to watch people, watch/use media, and write and/or talk about it! When I am not playing with mass media, I am enjoying sailing in and around NYC, hanging with my family and dogs, and reading just for fun. I also love to travel, which luckily I get to do quite often.
My overall research focuses on the ways identity – particularly gender, sexuality, and class – and community intersect with new media, televisual, journalistic, and advertising formats. Currently, much of my research focuses on the use of Facebook as a source of unusual community dialogue. However, I like to branch out and examine community and idenity in myriad different negotiations and constructions. A master’s degree in journalism with a focus on writing, advertising, and public relations, coupled with a PhD in Mass Media and Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies provides me with a background of knowledge I apply toward my teaching as well as my academic research.
I spent over eight years in advertising agencies and advertising sales before taking the plunge and returning to study for and receive my PhD. I have worked in big and small firms, and with all sorts of clients. Since my undergraduate degree was in Studio Art, I had the ability to work closely with different departments in small agencies, often acting as a liasion between the client and art department. In large agencies I found my niche as a media planner and strategic planner. This is from where my love of research and audiences ultimately stems. People are fascinating!
- International Association for Mass Communication Research
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Commuication, Critical and Cultural Studies Division 2014-2015 Division Head (Induction at 2014 AEJMC Conference in Montreal, QC)
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Commuication, Critical and Cultural Studies Division 2013-2014 Vice Head and Program Head (Induction at 2013 AEJMC Conference in Washington D.C.)
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Critical and Cultural Studies Division 2011-2013 Secretary and Mid-winter Conference Chair. (Induction at 2011 AEJMC Conference in St. Louis, MO.)
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Critical and Cultural Studies Division 2010-2011 Research Chair. (Induction at 2010 AEJMC Conference in Denver, CO.)
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, GLBT Interest Group 2009-2011 Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair. (Induction at 2009 AEJMC Conference in Boston, MA.)
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Critical and Cultural Studies Division 2009-2010 Teaching Standards Chair. (Induction at 2009 AEJMC Conference in Boston, MA.)
- Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, GLBT Interest Group 2007-2008 Newsletter Editor. (Induction at 2007 AEJMC Conference in Washington, DC.)
Publications & Professional Activities
- Mishra, S. & Kern, R. (2015). Persuading the Public to Lose Weight: An Analysis of a Decade (2001-2011) of Magazine Advertisements. Journal of Magazine and New Media Research.
- Kern, R. (2014). "And now bringing you the good life - A word from our sponsors": The changing face of television advertising from the sixties to the present day. In B. Cogan & T. Gencarelli (Eds.), Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America's Most Powerful Generation (pp. 103-115). Santa Barbara: Praeger.
- Kern, R. (2014). Imagining community: Visibility, bonding, and L Word audiences. Sexualities, 17 (4), 434-450.
- Kern, R. & Mishra, S. (2014). (Re) Framing gender in network news: A comparative analysis. Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 43 (6) 1-21.
- Kern, R. & Forman, A. (2013). Stigma and salvation: Advertising HIV awareness in New York City: A case study, Journal of Homosexuality, 60, 1143-1159.
- Kern, R., Forman, A., & Gil-Egui, G., (2013). R.I.P. Rest in Perpetuity: Facebook ‘In Memoriam’ Pages, Telematics and Informatics, 30(1), 2-10.
- Forman, A., Kern, R., Gil-Egui, G., (2012). Death and mourning as sources of community participation in online social networks: R.I.P. pages in Facebook, First Monday, 17(9).
- Kern, R. (2012). Andro-phobia?: When Gender Queer Is too Queer For L-Word Audiences, in K. Ross (Ed.) The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media, (pp. 241-259). London: Blackwell.
- Kern, R. (2008). Structuring the Status Quo: The L-Word and Queer Female Acceptability.” (2008). In Marian Meyers (Ed.), Women in Popular Culture: Representation and Meaning (pp. 171-184). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Peer-reviewed Conference Papers:
- "Lose Weight in Half the Time: Dominant Messages in a Decade of Diet and Weight Loss Magazine Advertisements" - AEJMC (Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication), Montreal, Quebec, August 2014, with S. Mishra.
- "Till Death Do Us Part? Conversations with Deceased Celebrities through Memorial Pages in Facebook" - IAMCR (International Association of Mass Communication Research), Dublin, Ireland, June 2013, with G. Gil-Egui and A. Forman.
“(Re) Framing gender in network news: A comparative analysis” – ICA (International Communication Association), Feminist Studies Division: Phoenix, Arizona, June 2012, with S. Mishra.
“Buying the best of times: Banana Republic and remembering the 1960s” – MEA (Media Ecology Association), Riverdale, New York, June 2012.
“Death and Mourning as Sources of Community Participation in Online Social Networks: R.I.P. Pages in Facebook.” Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Internet Research 12.0 Conference. Seattle, WA, October 2011.
“RIP: Remain in Perpetuity” (For Panel: Sustainable Communities: Cultural Expressions on Facebook), Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Internet Research 11.0 Conference: Sustainability, Participation, Action, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 2010.
- “You Do Not Know Me: Sexual Identity, Consumption, and the Sign of The L-Word.” (For Panel: Refereed Research.) Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Interest Group/Critical and Cultural Studies Division), Denver, CO, August 2010.
- “Discussion of Research and Teaching Challenges in Critical GLBT issues.” (For Invited Panel: The State of Teaching and Research in Queer Theory and Other Critical GLBT Issues.) Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Conference (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Interest Group/ Critical and Cultural Studies Division), Washington, DC, August 2007.
- “Consuming Katie: The Media Commodification of the First Female Network News Anchor” (first author with Suman Mishra). Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Conference (Critical and Cultural Studies Division – Poster Session), Washington, DC, August 2007.
- “All Puffed Out: From Powerful to Passive – Images of Femininity and Sexuality in Young Adult Television.” (For Panel: “Empowerful Girls on Television: Consumerism, Sexuality, and Feminism.) Eastern Communication Association Conference (Mass Communication Division), Providence, RI, April 2007.
- “Just How Groundbreaking Is The L-Word? Lesbians and the Future of Television.” National Communication Association Conference (GLBT Studies Division), San Antonio, TX, November 2006.
- “Structuring the Status Quo: The L-Word and Queer Female Acceptability.” Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Conference (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Interest Group), San Francisco, CA, August 2006.
- “Can Massachusetts Serve as a Model? A Case Study Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage Law.” American Studies Association, Mid-Atlantic Conference, Harrisburg, PA, March 2006.
- “Structuring the Status Quo: The L-Word and Queer Female Acceptability.” Graduate Competitive Research Forum, Temple University, School of Communications and Theater, Philadelphia, PA, February 2006.
- “The L-Word Media Coverage: A Textual Analysis of Queer Female Representations and Themes in Print.” International Communication Association Conference (Feminist Studies Division/Queer Studies), New York, NY, May 2005.
- “A New Stereotype: Feminine Representations of Lesbians on The L-Word.” Popular Culture Association Conference (Feminist Studies Division), San Diego, CA, March 2005.
Honors & Awards
Top Paper Reviewer 2010 - Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Critical and Cultural Studies Division.
2013 Summer Faculty Grant - Manhattan College
Faculty Advisor: Lambda Pi Eta and Manhattan College chapter of the American Advertising Federation
Submission Reviewer for the following Journals: Communication, Culture, and Critique, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, Gender, Place, and Culture, Sage Open
Article editor: Sage Open
COMM 110 Public Speaking and Presentation
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication
COMM 201 Ethics in Mass Communication
COMM 215 Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations
COMM 216 Introduction to Advertising
COMM 230 Advertising and Communication Research
COMM 271 International Mass Communication
COMM 301 Media Theory and Research
COMM 315 Media Planning and Buying
COMM 375 Internship for Juniors
COMM 409 Senior Seminar
COMM 414 Advanced Advertising Strategies
COMM 461 Independent Study in Communication
COMM 470 Special Topic
COMM 475 Internship for Seniors
COOP 403 Assimilating the Internship Experience
SOC 316 Special Topics: in Sociology