Full-Time Faculty

Kelsey Whipple

Introduction to Journalism, Radio and Podcasting, Cultural Journalism

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

S425 Integrative Learning Center


Kelsey Whipple is a journalism scholar and former journalist who researches gender, gender identity, and race in the media and the influence of social media and other technologies on journalism. Her work has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies and the Howard Journal of Communications, among other publications. Her research has been covered by industry sites including Nieman Journalism Lab and received Top Faculty Paper Awards from the Associational for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the International Communication Association. Whipple is also a podcast enthusiast and educator and creator of the University of Texas' Tiny Texas Podcast Festival.

Whipple received her Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri, where she graduated Kappa Tau Alpha. Before returning to academia, Whipple worked for the alt-weekly newspaper company Voice Media Group, most recently as its Editorial Digital Director in Los Angeles. During her time at VMG, she oversaw audience development, social media, SEO, online publishing and other digital best practices for 11 alt-weeklies across the country. She has also worked for Westword magazine in Denver, where she wrote monthly long-form culture and entertainment cover stories before taking on a lead role in the paper’s digital strategy as a web editor. She loves animals and music journalism and lives in Amherst with a friendly dog and a stubborn cat.

New & Selected Publications

Billard, T.J.; Abbott, T.; Haimson, O.L.; Whipple, K.N.; Whitestone, S.B.; & Zhang, E. Rethinking (and retheorizing) transgender media representation: A roundtable discussion. International Journal of Communication. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/15592

Riedl, M., Chen, G.M. & Whipple, K.N. (2020.) The downsides of digital labor: Exploring the toll incivility takes on online comment moderators. Computers in Human Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2020.106262  

Chen, G., Fadnis, D. & Whipple, K.N. (2020). Can we talk about race? Exploring online comments about four race-related shootings in America. Howard Journal of Communications, 31(1), 35-49.

Whipple, K.N. & Shermak, J. (2020). The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Tweet: How #NotTheEnemy Twitter Discourse Contributed to Journalistic Paradigm Repair. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 97(1), 188-210.

Graber, S. & Whipple, K.N. (2019). Yes to bezique, no to aqueduct: What coverage of sororities reveals about gender formation in U.S. news media. Feminist Media Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2019.1616588

Whipple, K.N. & Shermak, J.L. (2018). Quality, quantity and policy: How newspaper journalists use digital metrics to evaluate their performance and their papers' strategies. #ISOJ: Research Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, 8(1), 67-87.