- Special Faculty
- Communication Studies
- Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Carolin Aronis is a Special Faculty member of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. Her research is placed at the intersection of media phenomenology, gender studies, discourse, and architecture. Much of her work relates to innovative communicative perspectives on media, intimacy, urban life, motherhood, activism, and death. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015). Her PhD research, “Mediated Public Intimacy,” earned the distinguished four-year Hebrew University Presidential Scholarship. She completed part of her doctoral work as a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Her research about letters written to the dead in the public media was published lately in the Journal of Communication, “Communicative Resurrection: Letters to the Dead in the Israeli Newspaper,” and in Exploration in Media Ecology, “Communication as Travel: The genre of letters to the dead in public media”. The latter received the Top Paper Award in Philosophy and Communication at the coming 2019 NCA Annual Convention. This research was also covered in The Intelligencer. Her work on Jewish motherhood and the ‘Remedia Affair’ was recently published in Discourse & Communication, “Reconstructing Mothers’ Responsibility and Guilt: Journalistic Coverage of the ‘Remedia Affair’ in Israel.” Currently, Dr. Aronis is working on several publications, among them are Liminal Architecture as Media in the City, the Performance of Sojourner Truth’s Speech in Textbooks and YouTube (with Dr. Natasha Shrikant), and the Practice, Rhetoric, and Impact of Swastikas and Nooses in the Built Environment of US campuses (Dr. Eric Aoki). Her research about mediated public intimacy, letters to the dead, Tel Aviv balconies and the concept of liminal architecture in the city, motherhood, and Jewish communication, has been presented at more than 20 conferences, among them, 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.
Dr. Aronis currently teaches Gender & Communication (SPCM 335) and Visual Communication (SPCM 347) in the Communication Studies department. In 2018 she also taught Discourse, Culture, and Identities (COMM 2400) as a Visiting Lecturer at CU Boulder. Her teaching experience includes developing and teaching several courses for undergraduate and graduate students at a total of five institutions in the U.S. and in Israel, with particular expertise in media, communication and cultural theories, discourse analysis and rhetoric, gender studies, and academic writing and thinking. She believes in intersectional, creative, interactive, and “out of the box” teaching in order to provide her students with knowledge that involves critical thinking and new ways of seeing the everyday life. One of her assignments in SPCM 335—instructing students to visually describe the relationship between sex and gender, was posted on the Communication Studies department’s website. Before moving to Colorado, she also worked as a journalist and a biographer for Holocaust survivors.
Since April 2018 Dr. Aronis has served as the Internet Officer of the Media Ecology Association and is a member of its Executive Board. Among her service to the association she has led initiatives for the involvement of women in the association, an ethical code for inclusivity, and actions for the growth and recognition of media ecology studies. Since spring 2019 she has been involved at CSU with Dr. Magdalena Serpa, CSU Chabad and CSU Hillel in leading a plan for the prevention of anti-Semitism on campus. In October she is invited to give a special talk about the “Semantics of Anti-Semitism in the US” at the 2019 General Semantics Symposium at New York City. See her CV for more information about her work.