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Ellen Bernhard

Ellen Bernhard

Assistant Professor of Digital Communication


School of Business and Digital Media


Communication, Graphic Design, and Multimedia

Office Location:

Jeffries Hall 204A

Office Hours:

MW 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm TR 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Educational Background

Drexel University, Philadelphia PA
  • PhD., Culture, Communication, & Media Studies
Ursinus College, Collegeville PA
  • B.A., Media & Communication Studies
  • B.A., English

Professional Experience

Courses Taught:
  • GCU
    • Writing on the Web
    • Fundamentals of Communication
    • News Writing & Reporting
    • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Other Schools
    • Glam, Grand Slams, and Kicking Out the Jams: Studying Subcultures in Media
    • Civic Media
    • Media & Society
    • Speech & Criticism in a Democratic Society
    • Theory & Models of Communication

Research / Creativity Interest Area


  • Contemporary Punk Rock Communities: Scenes of Inclusion and Dedication. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.


  • Book Review: Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, Explorations in Media Ecology, 19:2, 225-228.
  • Book Review: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading, Explorations in Media Ecology, 19:1, 113-115.
  • “I thought it was a very punk rock thing to say”: NOFX’s (sort-of) public apology and (in)civility in defining contemporary punk rock in online spaces, Punk & Post-Punk, 9:1, 7-22.
  • Conference Review: Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method, February 9-10, University of California, Los Angeles, Punk & Post-Punk, 7:2, 291-300.
  • “It feels like summer in October”: A study of Gainesville’s Fest, Punk & Post-Punk, 7:2, 235-247.
  • McClain, J.M., & Bernhard, E.M. “Against the Grain”: How music journalism frames Bad Religion as unconventional, Rock Music Studies, 3:3, 300-312.
  • “Roundtable Discussion: Green Day’s American Idiot,” Anne Cecil (Ed.). The Mid Atlantic Almanack: The Journal of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, 163-169.
Works In-Progress
  • Bad Religion & the Burlesque: Framing Extremist Rhetoric in “The Kids are Alt-Right”
  • Epitaph Records and Insta-Activism in Contemporary Punk Rock Spaces

Additional Information

Global Punk Book Series
  • Editorial Board Member, July 2019 – present.
Punk Scholars Network
  • US East Coast Representative, May 2019 – present.


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