Kristin Gustafson

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Communication, University of Washington
M.A. Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
B.A. English and Women’s Studies, St. Olaf College

Office: UW1-142
Email: gustaf13@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Teaching

My teaching in our Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences School is shaped by my years as a journalist and historian. I encourage students to ask questions, seek evidence, explore complexity, engage with communities, evaluate and create media, and contribute to the world as responsible citizens. Communication, media, and journalism studies bring together different disciplines, histories, and training. All three fields require that students stretch toward people and communities that are unfamiliar, apply critical thinking and analysis to social problems, evaluate and create communication, and learn from practice. Students in my classrooms move reflexively between the contextual and theoretical questions of why and the more pragmatic and methodological questions of how. Every course includes at least one project where students get out of the classroom and engage in their communities. I use a multiple-method approach in the classroom to address the diversity of student learning. This includes group work, multi-media projects, tiered writing, peer reviews, student leadership, and active discussions. I also work closely with students through independent research and mentor them in my classrooms as peer facilitators. These teaching strategies work together to help students become empowered learners ready to critically engage with the world around them.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 490 Asian American Media in the Pacific Northwest (Advanced Seminar)
BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone
BIS 480 International Study Abroad (India)
BISMCS 402 Community Media Practice (Husky Herald; Student News)
BISMCS 343 Media Production Workshop: Nonfiction Media Writing
BISMCS 333 Media and Communication Studies Core
BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies: Critical Issues in U.S. Journalism History
BIS 204 Introduction to Journalism
BCORE 207 Individuals and Society: Credibility, Journalism, Media
BCORE 104/110 Absences in Archives
BCUSP 118 Critical and Creative Inquiry: Journalistic Interviewing

Research/Scholarship

Questions about journalism practices drive my current research. These practices are found in news organizations, within marginalized communities, during different periods of history, and in varied formats of media. My research and teaching are at the intersection of journalism history, ethnic/community media, archives, and activist movements. My scholarship on teaching and learning examines student and practitioner experience with reciprocity, diversity, and civic engagement. As Teaching Standards Chair for AEJMC’s History Division, I publish a quarterly column featuring pedagogies of diversity, collaboration, community, and justice. My media history scholarship examines the symbiotic relationship between social movements and grassroots U.S. newspapers that is historically and politically intertwined. I ask how (and why) these newspapers began, operated, and changed over time. I ask how (and why) workers operated as journalists and balanced loyalties. The answers add complexity to the role of media in democracy and the role of community and activism in journalism. My media representation scholarship has explored two different examples of how newspaper publication’s words, visuals, and graphics framed responsibility. 

Selected Service

Faculty Coordinator for the Media & Communication Studies Curriculum Area Working Group
Faculty adviser for the student publication Husky Herald

Selected Publications

Kristin L. Gustafson and Linda Jean Kenix, “Visually Framing Press Freedom and Responsibility of a Massacre: Photographic and Graphic Images in Charlie Hebdo's Newspaper Front Pages Around the World,” Visual Communication Quarterly 23, No. 3 (Winter 2016): 147–160. DOI: 10.1080/15551393.2016.1190623

Kristin L. Gustafson, “Translation, Technology, and the Digital Archive: Preserving a Historic Japanese-Language Newspaper,” American Journalism 31, no. 1 (Winter 2014): 4–25. DOI:10.1080/08821127.2014.875349

Kristin L. Gustafson, “Ethnic Newspaper Producers Face Archiving Challenges,” Newspaper Research Journal 36, no. 3, special issue Capturing and Preserving the First Draft of History in the Digital Environment, (Summer 2015): 314–327. DOI: 10.1177/0739532915600744

Andrea Hickerson and Kristin L. Gustafson, “Revisiting the Immigrant Press,” Journalism 17, 8 (OnlineFirst 28 July 2014, print 2016): 943–960. DOI: 10.1177/1464884914542742

Kristin L. Gustafson and Fahed Al Sumait. “Photo Conversations About Climate: Engaging Teachers and Policymakers Through Photography and Narrative,” Sightline Institute (2009). http://www.sightline.org/research_item/conversations-about-climate/

Kristin L. Gustafson, “Constructions of Responsibility for Three 1920 Lynchings in Minnesota Newspapers: Marginalization of People, Groups, and Ideas,” Journalism History 34, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 42–53.