Reynolds, Chelsea

Chelsea Reynolds

Department:   Communications

Phone: (657)278-5146


Office:  CP460-01

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Faculty Biography: 

Degree and University: Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Degree Area: Mass Communications - Journalism

Teaching Area: Journalism and Digital Media

Research Area: Sociology of Media, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Journalism Studies

Chelsea Reynolds teaches classes on journalism and digital media in the Department of Communications. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. She completed her B.A. in magazine journalism at Iowa State University.

Chelsea’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Mary Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship. Her research investigates media representations of sexuality, gender, race, and sexual health. Current projects examine queer and feminist DIY zines, Craigslist sex forums, and sexuality in consumer magazines. Chelsea has contributed to discussions about sexuality and gender at, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and other popular outlets. She also manages social media for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Before joining the academic ranks, Chelsea was a health writer and editor for Men's Health magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Association of Health Care Journalists. She has written for many university magazines and feminist media, and she was managing editor of Iowa State University’s campus magazine, ETHOS.

At CSUF, Chelsea advises Tusk magazine. During the 2017-2018 school year, she will teach Advanced Magazine Writing, Magazine Editing and Production, News Literacy, Mass Media Ethics, and Reporting for the Mass Media.

Chelsea enjoys arts and literature, craft beer, and LGBTQ culture. She lives in Long Beach with her cat, Basil.


Select Publications

Reynolds, C. (2016, Nov.). Media today and culture: 14 short essays to encourage critical thinking about media convergence. In J. Turow, Media Today: Mass Media in a Converging World, 6th edition. New York: Routledge.

Reynolds, C. & LoRusso, S. (2016, July). The women's magazine diet: Frames and sources in nutrition and fitness articles. Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, 17(1), 1-23.

Reynolds, C. (2015, July). “I am super straight and I prefer you be too”: Social constructions of heterosexual masculinity in online personal ads for men who have sex with men. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 39(3), 213–231.

Reynolds, C. (2016, Aug.). “8 things Latin moms say about men and sex” vs. “The 19       most frustrating things about casual dating”: Sexuality and relationships in Cosmo for     Latinas online and Cosmopolitan online. Media Report to Women, 44(3), 12-18.