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Valerie Kretz

Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies

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

Programs: Communication and Media StudiesValerie Kretz joined the St. Norbert College faculty in 2015. With a passion for media psychology, her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of mass media and personal relationships.

Kretz’s current projects focus on entertainment media and various aspects of individuals’ romantic lives, which she investigates using quantitative or qualitative research methods. Her recent works address fans’ responses to the death of a beloved fictional TV character and adults’ television and movie exposure, endorsement of romantic ideals and relationship satisfaction.

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. 

COME 124 Principles of Mass Communication
COME 310 Race/Ethnicity and Media
COME/WMGS 331 Gender and Media
COME 352 Media Effects
COME 468 Mass Communication Theory
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