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Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies. Ph.D. in journalism and media studies, May 2014. Dissertation title: “Gadfly to the Watchdogs: How The Journalism Review (MORE) Goaded the Mainstream Press Toward Self-Criticism in the 1970s.” David Greenberg, chair. Committee: Susan Keith, Linda Steiner, T.J. Jackson Lears. Inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honor society. Named Outstanding Graduating Student for the doctoral program in Communication, Information and Library Studies.  Areas of research: press criticism, cultural criticism, journalism education, the intellectual history of journalism, and media law.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Master of Science in Journalism, 2000; Concentration in magazine writing and production.
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude, 1999; Concentration in nonfiction writing.


Assistant Professor of Journalism, Marist College Department of Communication, Poughkeepsie, NY: 2014–present; Affiliate Assistant Professor, June 2011–August 2014; Visiting Assistant Professor, September 2009–May 2011

Adjunct Lecturer, Rutgers University Department of Journalism and Media Studies, New Brunswick, NJ; Summer 2010
Visiting Instructor of Journalism, Seton Hall University Department of Communication, South Orange, NJ, September 2008–August 2009
Lecturer in Journalism, LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, English Department, Long Island City, NY; September 2003–August 2008, Certificate of Continuing Employment granted, effective September 2008. Adjunct Lecturer, September 2002– August 2003


Refereed Journal Articles

Lerner, K. (Forthcoming, January 2017). A System of self-correction: A.M. Rosenthal, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, press criticism and the birth of the contemporary newspaper correction in The New York Times. Journalism History.

media-nation-coverfunniest-pages-coverBlind Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Lerner, K. (Forthcoming, 2017). Abe Rosenthal’s Project X: The editorial process leading to publication of the Pentagon Papers. In J. Zelizer and B. Schulman (Eds.) Media nation (pp. 198-221). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania.

Lerner, K. (2016). How Spy, the iconic satirical magazine of the 1980s, invented contemporary snark, and how internet journalism has misappropriated it. In R.L. Keeble and D. Swick (Eds.) The funniest pages: International perspectives on humor in journalism. New York: Peter Lang.


Book Reviews

Lerner, K. (2015). A life in the hazy borderlands between journalism and literature (Review of Man in profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker, by T. Kunkel.). Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, 15(1).

Lerner, K. (2015). Review of Gonzo Text: Disentangling meaning in Hunter S. Thompson’s journalism, by Matthew Winston. American Journalism, 32(2).

Lerner, K. (2011). The Structure and Style of Narrative Journalism (Review of StoryCraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction, by Jack Hart). Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, 12(2).


Lerner, K. (2016, August). A genuine sense of helplessness: Newsroom ethnography and resistance to management change at The New York Times in 1974. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.

McDevitt, M., Benn, J., Lerner, K, et al. (2016, August). Closing of the journalism mind: Anti-intellectualism in the professional development of college students. Paper presented at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.

Lerner, K. (2016, March). Journalism and criticism: The case for a developing profession: Revisiting James Carey’s call for a tradition of press criticism 40 years later. Paper presented at Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, New York.


“Discussing SPJ’s Potential Name Change,” a Storify aggregation of the online discussion about a proposed name change for the Society of Professional Journalists.

“Educating Tomorrow’s Journalists,” a ProfNet Connect Chat. Featured expert guest in a Twitter chat hosted by ProfNet.
“Twitter Reactions to Osama Bin Laden’s Death (TWEETS),” by Craig Kanalley, The Huffington Post, May 2, 2011. Quoted Twitter feed, noting significance of Library of Congress Twitter archive.
“Could the media have ignored Terry Jones and his Koran-burning plan?” by Gloria Goodale, The Christian Science Monitor. Quoted as expert on journalism and social media.



Editor, Journal of Magazine Media, 2016–present.Head, Magazine Media Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2014–2015.Judge, Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards, 2016-2017.Judge, National Magazine Awards, 2015.Vice Head and Programming Chair, Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013–2014.
Research paper competition reviewer, Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2011–2013.
Judge, Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century (TNT21) competition, sponsored by the News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013.
Founding adviser, Marist College Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. September 2012–present. Worked with national SPJ headquarters to secure a charter for the provisional chapter of the society, and guided the student officers as they established the chapter in 2012–2013.
Assistant Editor, Journal for Magazine and New Media Research, summer 2012–fall 2013. Collaborate with the editorial staff and advisory board of the journal in soliciting manuscripts, distributing them for peer review, working with authors, and editing manuscripts for publication.
Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair, Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2012–2013. Arranging PF&R panels for the 2013 AEJMC Conference in Washington, DC.
Teaching Chair, Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2011–2012. Arranged teaching panels for the 2012 AEJMC Conference in Chicago.
Co-coordinator, Joint Journalism and Media Historians Conference, representing the American Journalism Historians Association, 2010-2013. 2011-2012 duties included coordinating the research paper competition, including the call for entries and the review process, and developing the conference program. 2013 duties will include mentoring a successor as well as site coordination. 2010-2011 duties included site coordination, interacting with professional and technical staff at New York University’s Carter Institute for Journalism, the conference site. Also developed the web site for the conference using WordPress content management system.
Advisory Board member, Media History Exchange, 2010-present. Served with the group of faculty and engineers developing the MHX, an interdisciplinary social network for media historians, as well as a conference and meeting scheduling tool. Attended the advisory board meeting at St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ, March 11, 2011.
Copy Editor, FoxTalk Magazine, Spring 2011; Fall 2012. Copy edited the in-house magazine of the Marist College School of Communication and the Arts, written by Marist students, edited by Dr. Lyn Lepre.
Pre-publication reviewer, Media and Communication Research Methods, second edition, by Arthur Asa Berger, Sage. January 2010. Chair, Journalism Program Committee, English Department, LaGuardia Community College. 2007–2008.
Pre-publication reviewer, Telling the Story, news reporting and writing textbook, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. May, 2008.
Editorial Assistant, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Spring and Summer, 2006. Assisted editor Linda Steiner of Rutgers University in editing and entering changes to manuscripts.
Editor, Faculty and Staff Notes, LaGuardia Community College, 2006. Solicited submissions for and edited a yearly compendium of faculty accomplishments.
Alumni critic for 34th Street Magazine, the weekly arts and entertainment magazine of The Daily Pennsylvanian. Critiqued an issue of the undergraduate magazine to offer professional advice. January 25, 2007 issue.
Journalist mentor to editors of The Bridge student newspaper; aided editors with ethics and journalism issues.
LaGuardia Community College English Department Curriculum Committee, 2004–2007. Creative Writing Committee. Wrote and proposed ENG274: Creative Nonfiction Workshop, which was approved by the College-wide Curriculum Committee February, 2006.
Grant reviewer, PSC-CUNY Grants. Communication Arts & Sciences Panel. 2006-2007 Cycle.
Writing in the Disciplines faculty development seminar, LaGuardia Community College center for Teaching and Learning, 2005–2006
New York Stories, Contributing Editor, evaluated manuscripts for publication, 2003–2005.


Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, member; 2004–present.
American Journalism Historians Association, member; 2010–present.
Society of Professional Journalists, member; 1999–present.
Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association, member; 1999–present.


Press Criticism,

Journal: Journal of Magazine Media

Twitter: @klerner

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