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Valerie Kretz

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies


B.S., Drury University
M.A., Marquette University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Programs: Communication and Media Studies

Valerie Kretz joined the St. Norbert College faculty in 2015. Her scholarly interests involve both communication and media studies.

Kretz’s research looks at how media, especially entertainment and advertising, impact social life. Her current projects focus on television and movie viewing and various aspects of individuals' romantic lives. She is also interested in representations of gender and race in media.

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Kretz was a strategic communications professional for many years in different corporate settings. Those experiences inform her courses and advising.


Courses
COME 124 Principles of Mass Communication
COME 335 Gender and Media
COME 352 Media Effects
COME 389 Race/Ethnicity and Media
COME 389 Communication and Couple Relationships
COME 468 Mass Communication Theory