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Carol Liebler


  • Communications

Also teaches in:

  • Media Studies
  • Mass Communications

Contact Information

Office Location

353 Newhouse 2


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. San Diego State University
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Media Sociology
  • Women in Media
  • Media and Diversity

Carol Liebler’s research centers on media and diversity issues, and particularly on gender as it intersects with race and ethnicity. Current work explores hegemonic beauty ideals across various media platforms, both in the United States and China. She is also interested in news media visibility of missing children and women, with past research examining media critique of “The Missing White Woman Syndrome.”

Liebler has published her work in a wide variety of journals, including Asian Journal of Communication; Communication, Culture and Critique; Howard Journal of Communications; Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Journal of Communication; and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Her teaching includes quantitative and qualitative research methods; mass communications theory; race, gender and media; and media, gender and beauty ideals. She also teaches media and diversity, a graduate course she pioneered in the Newhouse curriculum. Liebler is extremely active in graduate education and has mentored and/or advised many master's and doctoral students.

In 2008 she was recipient of the Syracuse University Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. In 2011-2012 she was a visiting professor at the University of Macau, China.

Liebler is past director of the Newhouse Ph.D. and Media Studies programs, a former head of the Mass Communication and Society division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and former chair of AEJMC's Standing Committee on Research. She also chaired AEJMC's oversight committee on diversity and has served on AEJMC's publications committee.