Rachel Somerstein


wir vergessen nichtI’m an assistant professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz, where I research visual culture and collective memory.

I hold a PhD in mass communications from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, an MFA in creative writing from New York University, and a BA in history and English from Cornell University.

My research has appeared in JournalismVisual Studies, and Operant Subjectivity and has been featured on NPR’s On the Media. I also write about photography and visual culture for magazines Afterimage, ARTnewsGuernica: A Journal of Art & Politicsn+1Women’s Review of Books, and WIREDamong other publications.

In my non-academic life, I write short fiction and creative nonfiction, which have appeared in The Hairpin and Border Crossing.

To get in touch, email rachelsomerstein [at] gmail [dot] com. You can take a look at my CV here, or connect on LinkedIn.