Assistant Professor, Communication, Media and Culture
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcom X
Dr. Bergstrom earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Bergstrom was awarded the Palleschi-Hart Teaching Fellowship for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and was also a Distinguished Teach Award University Finalist while at UMass. She is co-author of the book The O.C.: A Critical Understanding (2014) as well as multiple journal articles and encyclopedia entries. Additionally, Dr. Bergstrom has presented her work on media literacy, media effects, and representations within popular culture at regional, national, and international conferences. She currently lives in Myrtle Beach with her partner, Michael, and cats, Peanut and Hadley.
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011)
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005)
B.A./B.S., Franklin Pierce College (2002)
While serving as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Franklin Pierce University, Dr. Bergstrom was awarded Student Government Association Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013 for exceptional teaching and work with student organizations.
Communication Studies; Communication Theory; Communication Research; Gender and Communication; Family Communication; Media, Self & the World; Senior Projects; Children and Media
Communication and identity formation; Media Literacy; Representations of Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality and Consumerism; Media Effects; Children and Media