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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:

Tuesday 11:00-1:00 Wednesday 10:00-12:00

Educational Background

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

Professional Experience

Courses Taught:
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Digital News Editing
  • Writing for the Mass Media
  • Communication Theory & Research
  • Digital Communication & Professional Practices
  • Public Speaking
  • Brand Strategy in the Digital Age
  • Writing on the Web
  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • News Writing & Reporting
  • Introduction to Public Relations

Research / Creativity Interest Area


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


  • Conspicuous co-optation: Exploring the subculture and pop culture connection at Gainesville’s Fest, Punk & Post Punk, 12(3), 303-325.
  • “Milo goes to college, Ellen goes to grad school: The series of events that turned an afterschool hobby into a hardcore pursuit of punk rock,” Hardcore Research: Punk, Practice, Politics
  • Bad Religion and the Burlesque: Framing Extremist Rhetoric in “The Kids are Alt-Right,” Rock Music Studies, 10(1).
  • Book Review: Punk Gender and Ageing: Just Typical Girls? Punk & Post-Punk, 11(1), 119-121.
  • Book Review: Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion, Punk & Post-Punk, 10(2), 320-323.
  • 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 Ecology19(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.

Additional Information

Punk & Post Punk (Intellect)
  • Editorial Board Member, November 2022 – present
Global Punk Book Series (Intellect)
  • Editorial Board Member, July 2019 – present
Punk Scholars Network
  • President – US Affiliate, August 2023 – present


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