Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
- Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
- Communication Studies
- Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Carolin Aronis is a Research Fellow in Communication Studies at Colorado State University, and a Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Communication and in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In June 2020 she was appointed as a CSU Special Advisor for the Prevention of Antisemitism by the Colorado State University Office. She also co-leads a new Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism at CSU (with Dr. John Henderson) (see SOURCE article). Her research is situated at the intersection of critical media studies, rhetoric/discourse, and identity politics. In her work, Dr. Aronis focuses on communicative practices and intersectionality within media environments, ranging from digital and legacy media to public and architectural spaces. She uses interdisciplinary methodologies from critical discourse analysis to critical theory, phenomenology, and cultural studies in order to understand power, oppression, identity, and the essence of communication.
Her current research projects include examinations of practices of racism and antisemitism in U.S. universities and in the media. Currently, she is working with Dr. Eric Aoki to study the violent rhetoric of swastikas and nooses in the built environment of U.S. campuses, as well as with Dr. Natasha Shrikant in examining racism and empowerment in the journey of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” from print to YouTube. She is also working on a monograph: Liminal Architecture and Social Media. This study offers a new media theory of communication embedded in the intersection of architecture, city, social media, minorities, and Jewish ethics. Her work is published, among others, in the Journal of Communication, Cultural Studies, Explorations in Media Ecology, Discourse & Communication, the Journal of Israel Studies, and the Urban Communication Reader IV (Peter Lang). Her research has been presented at dozens of conferences, including the annual conventions of the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the Media Ecology Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Before moving to Colorado, Dr. Aronis taught graduate and undergraduate students in Israel and worked as a journalist and a biographer for Holocaust survivors.
Since spring 2017, Dr. Aronis has taught extensively at CSU and CU Boulder on discourse and identities, communication technologies, visual communication, and gender. She believes in intersectional, creative, interactive, and “out of the box” teaching, aiming to help students develop knowledge and critical thinking to see their everyday lives in new ways. One of her assignments, which instructed students to visually describe the relationship between sex and gender, earned a mention on the Communication Studies department’s website.
Between 2018-2020, Dr. Aronis served as the Internet Officer for the Media Ecology Association and a member of its Executive Board. In her service to the association, she led initiatives for the involvement of women and people of color in the association to strengthen its inclusivity, as well as implementing an ethical code and encouraging the growth and recognition of media ecology studies. Since Fall 2018, Dr. Aronis has been active, with others, in addressing the situation of the Jewish community on campus. This led to an effort to support organizational change for the prevention of anti-Semitism. In May–June 2019, Dr. Aronis prepared an Action Plan for the prevention of anti-Semitism at CSU, which was developed from Dr. Magdalena Serpa’s research project. This work was introduced to the university and was covered by the media (see: Coloradoan, Collegian). In an invited talk at the 2019 General Semantics Symposium at the Princeton Club, New York City, “Anti-Semitism in the U.S.: New Media, New Semantics, New Problems,” Dr. Aronis discussed preliminary findings from her research and work on anti-Semitism in the U.S. and specifically at CSU and its relation to media.
Selected Taught Courses
Gender & Communication
Discourse, Culture, and Identities
Communication, Technology, and Society
Media and Communication Theories
Intimacy and Media
PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015
Aronis, C. (2021 forthcoming). The smartphone camera and the reconstruction of Jewish maternal intimacy in the digital age. In F. Joy Green & J. McLeod Rogers (Eds.), Mothering/Internet/Kids. Bradford: DEMETER PRESS.
—. (2021). Architectural Liminality: The Communicative Ethics of Balconies and other Urban Passages. Cultural Studies. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2020.1844254 Former versions presented in the Philosophy of Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention; Received Top 4 Paper Award in Communication Theory and research, 2020 WSCA Annual Convention
—. (2020). Antisemitism in the U.S.: New media, new semantics, new problems. ETC: A Review of General Semantics, 76 (3-4).
—. (2020 forthcoming). The ‘tweeting’ discourse of balconies and porches in the city: Identity politics and public speaking. In E. McClellan, Y. Shin, & C. Chandler (Eds.) Urban Communication Reader IV: Cities as Communicative Change Agents. New York: Peter Lang. Presented at the Urban Communication Top Paper Panel, 2020 NCA Annual Convention
—. (2019). Reconstructing mothers’ responsibility and guilt: Journalistic coverage of the “Remedia Affair” in Israel. Discourse & Communication, 13(4), 377–397. (https://doi.org/10.1177/1750481319842452) – Lead Article
—. (2019). Communication as travel: The genre of letters to the dead in public media. Explorations in Media Ecology, 18(1–2), 23–42. (https://doi.org/10.1386/eme.18.1-2.23_1) – Received Top Paper Award in Philosophy of Communication, 2019 NCA Annual Convention
—. (2017). Communicative resurrection: Letters to the dead in the Israeli newspaper. Journal of Communication, 67(6), 827–850. (doi:10.1111/jcom.12334) – Lead Article
—. (2014). Between blame and victimization: The maternal discourse in the “Remedia Affair” coverage. Megamot: Behavioral Sciences Journal, 49(3), 576–602. (In Hebrew) http://www.szold.org.il/?CategoryID=294&ArticleID=672
—. (2010). The Tel Aviv balcony: A space of urban politics, establishing identity and communication. Social Issues in Israel, 10, 29-54. (In Hebrew)
—. (2009). The balconies of Tel Aviv: Cultural history and urban politics. Journal of Israel Studies, 14(3), 157–180. https://www.jstor.org/stable/30245877?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents
Reprinted in M. Azaryahu & S. I. Troen (Eds.) (2011), Tel-Aviv, the first century: Visions, designs, actualities (pp. 348-372). Indiana University Press.
Aronis, C. (2018). Review of—Communication and the Baseball Stadium: Community, Commodification, fanship, and memory (Urban Communication Series), by Dale Herbeck and Susan Drucker (eds.). Explorations in Media Ecology, 17(4), 515-518.