Ruth A. Palmer is Assistant Professor of Communication at IE University in Segovia and Madrid, Spain. She specializes in journalism studies, specifically on how ordinary people navigate and think about mainstream journalism. Her book Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight will be published in 2017 by Columbia University Press. Based on interviews with ordinary citizens who appeared in newspaper articles in the New York City area and a mid-sized city in the American West, it explores how ordinary Americans manage the often heady and unpredictable process of becoming the focus of news attention. Her previous work has been published in the journals Journalism, Journalism Studies, and Literary Journalism Studies. She received her PhD in Communication from Columbia University in 2013, where her graduate research was supported by a Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, and her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College in 2001.
Professor Palmer is a full-time faculty member in the Communication and Media program at IE University´s School of Human Science and Technology. Her current and former courses include Communication Foundations; Public Opinion and Political Communication; Public Opinion, Persuasion and Engagement; Media Relations; Mass and New Media; Minorities; Media and Society, as well as advanced seminars on American Political Culture and Privacy in a Digital World. She directs senior theses, acts as a student academic advisor, and coordinates study abroad for the Bachelor in Communication Program. She has also taught in the IE-Brown University Summer Program, co-directed the IE Communications Lab. Before coming to IE in 2013 she led discussion sections of the required ethics module at Columbia Journalism School and taught communication and journalism courses at Columbia Teacher’s College, and in Barnard College’s Pre-College Summer Program. She lives in Madrid.