Chelsea Reynolds


Professor Chelsea Reynolds

Department | Communications

Phone | (657) 278-5146

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Office | CP 460-01

Office Hours | TH 11:00 - 2:00 PM - ZOOM & EMAIL

Chelsea Reynolds (PhD, Minnesota; MA, Missouri) is an associate professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on three areas: journalism studies, sexual communication, and trauma-informed pedagogy. She is advisor to CSUF's Tusk magazine, named College Media Association's four-year Feature Magazine of the Year (2021).

Dr. Reynolds's scholarship has been published in Journal of Sex Research; Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; Communication, Culture, and Critique; Journal of Communication Inquiry; Journal of Magazine Media; and Media Report to Women. She has contributed to sex reportage in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and many other news outlets. Her textbook, Sexual Communication: Research in Action is forthcoming from Kendall-Hunt Publishing (Reynolds, Suwinyattichaiporn & Bruschke, 2022).

Her trauma-informed teaching workshops have been offered at the Arthur W. Page Society, Society of Professional Journalists, the University of Virginia, and the CSUF Faculty Development Center. Dr. Reynolds's chapter, "Pedagogy of the Stressed: Mental Health in the Mass Communication Classroom and on Campuses" was published in the AEJMC Master Class book, Testing Tolerance: Addressing Controversy in the Mass Communication Classroom. She collaborates on the Happiness Project, a collective of scholars and journalists working to improve wellbeing in our profession.

Dr. Reynolds is past-Head of the AEJMC LGBTQ Interest Group. She served as Media Relations Chair at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for seven years. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the AEJMC Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship, the AEJMC Magazine Media Research Grant, and the CSUF Creative and Scholarly Activity Award.

She was previously a writer on staff at Men's Health magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Find Dr. Reynolds on Twitter: @chelseajulian.


Select Publications

Reynolds, C., Suwinyattichaiporn, T., & Bruschke, J. (Forthcoming 2022). Sexual Communication: Research in Action. Kendall-Hunt.

Lance, Z. & Reynolds, C. (2021, Aug.). “Going virtual helped me learn that I can handle everything”: Campus magazine production as a High Impact Practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

Reynolds, C. (2020, July). “Craigslist is nothing more than an Internet brothel”: Sex work and sex trafficking in U.S. newspaper coverage of Craigslist sex forums. Journal of Sex Research.

Reynolds, C. (2019, Dec.). “My zines, so far, are less political than other works I’ve produced”: Communicative capitalism among queer feminist zinesters. Communication, Culture & Critique, 13(1), 92-110.

Reynolds, C. (2018, May). Building theory from media ideology: Coding for power in journalistic discourse. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 43(1), 47-69.

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.