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Pamela Hill Nettleton

Adjunct Professor

Communication Studies
Emerging Media

  • Education
  • 2009 PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Communication Studies, Women’s Studies Minor, GPA 4.0

    Dissertation: “Rescuing Men: The New Television Masculinity in Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Boston Legal, and Dexter,” winner of the Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association, 2010

    Committee: Gilbert Rodman, chair; Mary Vavrus, advisor; Donald Browne; Laurie Ouellette; Jacquelyn Zita

    2007 MA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Mass Communication, GPA: 3.9
    Kathleen Hansen, Advisor

    2005 BSc with Honors, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2003-2005

  • Expertise
  • Gender in Media, Masculinity in Media, Domestic Violence Coverage in Media, Feminist Media Studies, Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality, Identity in Media, Writing about the Arts, Feature Writing, Narrative Nonfiction and Longform Writing

  • Research Interests
  • Gender in Media, Domestic Violence Media Coverage, Masculinity in Media

Personal Website: PamelaHillNettleton.com

Pamela Hill Nettleton is a professor, writer, and editor. She teaches media studies and journalism and researches masculinity and domestic violence coverage in media. She teaches at the University of St. Thomas and has taught at the University of Minnesota and Marquette University. She also writes for digital and print magazines, and her award-winning essays and articles appear in MEL Magazine, Redbook, FamilyFun, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Better Homes & Gardens, U.S. Catholic, Reader’s Digest magazines, the StarTribune, the Pioneer Press, Fine Gardening, Milwaukee Magazine, Live Music, The Lutheran, Bride Again, Mpls./St Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business Monthly, Minnesota Bride, Midwest Home & Design, American Hockey, Minnesota Monthly magazine, Southwest Journal, and other web and print publications. She writes a regular column on media for the national magazine, US Catholic.

She has been Editorial Director of several magazines, including Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home & Design, TCTaste, and Spaces magazines. Her scripts for symphonic concerts for young people been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Her children’s video, “Nutcracker: The Untold Story,” has won several prestigious awards, including Top Video of the Year from Child magazine and Best Video from Sesame Street. Her play, The Labor Room, has received equity performances at theaters in Denver, St. Paul, and Rochester.

She is the author of 25 books—seven adult non-fiction and three series of children’s books—which have been reviewed and referenced in publications and websites, including The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and the nationally syndicated column Ask Amy.

She was a magazine writer and editor for 25 years before returning to the University of Minnesota to earn her undergraduate degree in journalism, her master’s degree in Mass Communication, and her doctorate degree in Communication Studies. Her dissertation on post-9/11 television masculinity won the 2010 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association.


2019. “Teaching in the Age of Trump: Trickle-down assaults on the truth.” Teaching Media Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2019). https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/tmq

2019. “She’s a 10, He’s a 2: Gender Inequity in Physical Representation in Playboy Cartoons Over Five Decades,” in Race, Gender, Class, and Media, 4th Edition, Rebecca Lind, Ed.

2018. “Maxim is a Bully: Making Women the Victim for Male Pleasure,” Journal of Magazine Media, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2018, 1-18. the Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication Journal.

2017. Book chapter. “Silencing the Female Voice: The Cyber Abuse of Women on the Internet,” in The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies, editors Scott A. Eldridge II & Bob Franklin.

2016. “Lady Killers: A Twenty-Year Study of Magazine Coverage of Women Who Kill Their Abusers,” in Dangerous Discourses: Gender, Women, and Gun Violence, edited by Catherine Squires, with Mary Vavrus, Carol Stabile, Gayatri Devi, Patricia Sotirin, Margaret Rhee, and Rachel Griffin. Peter Lang.

*Finalist for the AEJMC Tankard Book Award
*Finalist for the NCABonnie Ritter Book Award in Feminist/Women Studies in Communication, National Communication Association

Feb 2016. “No Girls Allowed: Television Boys’ Clubs As Resistance to Feminism,” at Television and New Media, electronic publication. Nov 2016, print: Television & New Media, Vol. 17, No. 7 (November 2016): 563-578.

2015. “Hanging With the Boys: Homosocial Bonding and Heterosexual Bromance Coupling in Nip/Tuck and Boston Legal,” in Screening Images of Masculinity in the Age of Post-Feminism, edited by Elizabeth Abele. Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield: New York.

Spring 2015. “Stop the Press: New Media, Same Old Imbalances in News Coverage,” Communication Review, 18(2), 1-19.

Spring 2015. “Brave Sperm and Demure Eggs: Fallopian Gender Politics on YouTube,” Feminist Formations, Vol. 27, Issue 1, 25-45.

November 2011. “Domestic Violence in Men’s and Women’s Magazines: Women are Guilty of Choosing the Wrong Men, Men are Not Guilty of Hitting Women,” Women’s Studies in Communication, Vol. 34, Issue 2. 

Books in Popular Press

Danny Yukon & the Secrets of the Amazing Lamp. 2014. San Diego: The Sager Group.

William Shakespeare, Playwright and Poet. 2005. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books.

Let’s Get Along! Kids Talk About Tolerance. 2005. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Want to Play? Kids Talk About Friendliness. 2005. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Pitch In! Kids Talk About Cooperation. 2005. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Is That True? Kids Talk About Honesty. 2005. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

May I Help You? Kids Talk About Caring. 2005. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Think, Think, Think: Learning About Your Brain. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Learning About Your Lungs. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Bend and Stretch: Learning About Your Bones & Muscles. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Gurgles and Growls: Learning About Your Stomach. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, President, Emancipator. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Pocahontas: Peacemaker and Friend to the Colonists. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Martin Luther King: Preacher, Freedom Fighter, Peacemaker. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

George Washington: Farmer, Soldier, President. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Benjamin Franklin: Writer, Inventor, Statesman. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Sally Ride: Astronaut, Scientist, Teacher. 2004. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books.

Disney/Family Guide to the Midwest. 2003. New York: Disney.

Getting Married When It’s Not Your First Time. 2001. New York: HarperCollins Quill.

Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond. 1999. Minneapolis: Allina.

ACCESS Guide to Minneapolis/St. Paul. 1998. New York: HarperCollins.

Dating for Grownups. 1998. New York: Macmillan.

Book Chapter

“Donors and Visions,” (2002), in The Minnesota Orchestra at One Hundred: A Collection of Essays and Images. Minneapolis: Minnesota Orchestra.

“Fathers and Other Coaches: What If?”, (1982) in Beginnings, Childbirth Education Association of Minneapolis/St. Paul.


Commissioned Research

Feb 2016. “First World Feminist Blind Spots: Domestic & International Feminism in U.S. Domestic Media,” a commissioned research project for ONE.Org, an international nonprofit organization that addresses the connection between gender and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. ONE.org sought me out because of my work in gender and media and donated a $4,000 grant to Marquette University to fund my research in international and domestic newspaper coverage of feminist issues.


Collaborative Graduate Student Research

“She’s a 10, He’s a 2: Gender Representation in Playboy Cartoons,” with Naomi Waxman, 2016-17.

“Maxim is a Bully: Making Women the Victim for Male Pleasure,” with Lisa Michel, Top Paper Panel, Central States Communication Association, Grand Rapids, MI, April 2016.

“Maxim is a Bully: Domestic Violence and Othering in a Lad Magazine,” with Lisa Michel, National Communication Association, Chicago, November 2014.


Collaborative Undergraduate Student Research

“Why Can’t We Be Friends? Platonic Relationships in Disney Films,” Lauren Guzman, McNair Scholar, August 2014.

“Hollywood and the Mammy: An Enduring Stereotype for African American Actresses,” Anna Ogunkunle, McNair Scholar, August 2014.

“The Man Behind the Mask: The Progression of Masculinity in African American Male Characters as Seen in Films Awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
,” Aaron Bledsoe, McNair Scholar, September 2013.

Selected for the National Conference of Undergraduate Student Research, University of Kentucky, 2014.


Research-Related Articles in Popular Media
See also PamelaHillNettleton.com for more articles and full text

“In an old-fashioned police show, a portrayal of true justice: Amazon’s ’Bosch’ is not just another cop show,” U.S. Catholic, March 2020, vol. 85, No. 3, pp. 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/202002/old-fashioned-police-show-see-justice-last-31969

“We are asking the wrong questions about domestic violence: focus needs to shift from the victim to the abuser,” StarTribune, December 12, 2019,http://www.startribune.com/we-are-asking-the-wrong-questions-about-domestic-violence/566105491/

“In ‘Tales of the City,’ a Netflix reboot that celebrates our differences,” U.S. Catholic, December 2019, vol. 84, No. 12, pp. 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201912/tales-city-Netflix-reboot-celebrates-our-differences-31892

“In ‘Good Omens,’ an uncommon take on the end of days,” U.S. Catholic, September 2019, vol. 84, No. 9, pp. 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201908/good-omens-uncommon-take-end-days-31811

“Two documentaries that will change your perspective on the planet: Get down to Earth with ‘Behind the Curve’ and ‘One Strange Rock’,” U.S. Catholic, June 2019, vol. 84, No. 6, pp. 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201906/two-documentaries-will-change-your-perspective-planet-31740

“What does Amazon’s Mrs. Maisel really say about women and careers?,” U.S. Catholic, March 2019, vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201903/what-does-amazon’s-mrs-maisel-really-say-about-women-and-careers-31676

“An unlikely antidote for a male-centered world? Hallmark movies,” U.S. Catholic, December 2018, Vol. 83, No. 12, pages 38–39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201812/unlikely-antidote-male-centered-world-hallmark-movies-31576

“Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ is a modern take on a classic family story,” U.S. Catholic, September 2018, Vol. 83, No. 9, pages 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201808/netflixs-lost-space-modern-take-classic-family-story-31474

“Who gets to be a hero? The Black Panther is the hero we need right now,” U.S. Catholic, June 2018, Vol. 83, No. 6, pages 38-39, https://uscatholic.org/articles/201805/who-gets-be-hero-31379

“A Coming of Age Narrative that Gets It Right,” U.S. Catholic, December 2017, vol. 82, No. 12, pp. 38-9, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201710/coming-age-narrative-gets-it-right-31188

“A Woman At Last, Wonder Woman,” U.S. Catholic, September 2017, Vol. 82, No. 9, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201708/woman-last-31113

“Remembering Roger Ebert, America’s most beloved critic,” U.S. Catholic, August 2017, Vol. 82, No. 8, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201707/remembering-roger-ebert-america’s-most-beloved-critic-31080

“Journalism as an act of grace,” U.S. Catholic website, June 2, 2017, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201706/journalism-act-grace-31031

“Madam Secretary Breaks New Ground,” U.S. Catholic, June 2017, Vol. 82, No. 6, pages 38–39, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201705/why-‘madam-secretary’-breaks-bold-new-ground-31005

“Women’s Work,” U.S. Catholic, March 2017, Vol. 82, No. 3, 

“Nuns in the Hood: The Visitation Sisters of North Minneapolis,” U.S. Catholic, January 2017, Vol 82, No. 1, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201701/nuns-next-door-30901

“Another Reason to Love Gilmore Girls,” U.S. Catholic, December 2016, 

“True to Life,” U.S. Catholic, Vol. 81, No. 9, pages 38–39,September 2016, 

“Turning the Tables on Romantic Comedy,” U.S. Catholic, June 2016, http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201606/turning-tables-romantic-comedies-30666

“Are Catholic university students being coddled?,” U.S. Catholic, February 2016, http://www.uscatholic.org/collegecomfort

“The Sound of Silence,” U.S. Catholic, October 2015, Vol. 80, No. 10.

“Art: Revealing the Us in the Other,” Marquette University Comm magazine, 2014, No. 3, pp. 28-29.

“When Writers Write About Writers,” Milwaukee Magazine, February 23, 2015, http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2015/02/23/when-writers-write-about-writers/

“The hero within: How the events of September 11 changed our ideas about heroes and masculinity, new research of modern media,” Marquette Magazine, October 2011.

“When product placement seeps into TV programming: It’s hard to pretend that prime time is entertainment if it actually is advertising,” Star Tribune, March 23, 2007, p. A15.

2017. Nominated, Tankard Book Award, AEJMC, for Dangerous Discourses, in which my chapter, “Lady Killers: 
A Twenty-Year Study of Magazine Coverage of Women Who Kill Their Abusers,” appears

2017. Nominated, Bonnie Ritter Book Award in Feminist/Women Studies in Communication, National Communication Association for Dangerous Discourses, in which my chapter, “Lady Killers: 
A Twenty-Year Study of Magazine Coverage of Women Who Kill Their Abusers,” appears

2016. Top Paper Panel, one of three competitively selected papers in the Women’s Caucus division, Central States Communication Association, Grand Rapids, MI

Selected by University administration as one of 10 faculty to teach a pilot freshman seminar focused on teaching critical thinking and diversity and inclusion

Grant from ONE.org, a lobbying and advocacy organization working to end poverty in Africa, to conduct research on domestic violence coverage in international media, $4,000

2016. Diederich College Initiative for the Study of Communication, Values, Ethics, and Social Justice summer research award, $3,000

2014-15. Way-Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award, $20,000 grant

Awarded funds for a cross-disciplinary, research-intensive, bilingual undergraduate learning module involving Spanish Literature, Journalism Writing About the Arts, and the Haggerty Museum of Art; students co-curate a museum exhibit and write arts reviews and gallery materials

2014. Diederich College Initiative for the Study of Communication, Values, Ethics, and Social Justice summer research award, $3,000

2014. Fellow and Affiliated Scholar, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women at Florida International University

2013. Invited essay contributor, Viewer’s Voice exhibit, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University Campus

2012. Teaching Excellence Award, Diederich College of Communication

2012. Gender Resource Center Summer Faculty Fellow, Marquette University, $5,000

2010. Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association

Marguerite Garden Jones Graduate Award, 2008, $2,000

Graduate Research Partnership Program, 2007, $4,000

Kriss Research Support Grant, 2005, $500

Kappa Tau Alpha, 2005-present

Graduated with Honors, 2005


Professional Awards for Writing & Editing

Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Awards, 1995-2004

More than 20 individual awards for excellence in editing and writing

Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Gold Award, 1991

Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, 1999 (Video script)

Parent’s Choice Gold Award, 1998 (Video script)

National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award, 1998 (Video script)

The Dove Foundation Family Approved Seal, 1998 (Video script)

Parenting Magazine’s Video Magic Award, 1998 (Video script)

Top Videos of the Year, Child Magazine, 1998 (Video script)

Crayola Kids Holiday Videos, 1998 (Video script)

Sesame Street Parents Best Videos, 1998 (Video script)

Kids First! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media Award, 1997 (Video script)