Candi Carter Olson

Associate Department Head, Associate Professor

Candi Carter Olson

Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 317A
Phone: 435-797-3253

Educational Background

  • PhD - University of Pittsburgh - 2013
  • MA - Carnegie Mellon University - 2007
  • MS - Boston University - 2002
  • BA - Linfield College - 1999


Candi Carter Olson is an associate professor of media and society in JCOM. She's also an affiliate faculty member for American Studies and serves as a faculty contact for American Studies students interested in media courses. Dr. Carter Olson teaches media literacy courses in the department, including JCOM 2010: Media Smarts, JCOM 4410/6410: Gender and the Media, and JCOM 4020: Media and Society. In addition, Dr. Carter Olson also teaches JCOM 4040: Social Media. Dr. Carter Olson comes to Utah State with a background as a print journalist for community newspapers in Washington state and Boston, MA, and as a freelance journalist. She has an M.A. from Boston University, an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the history of women's press clubs and newswomen more generally, and she also researches the ways that social media communities are used for support and activism. Her writing has been published in Journalism History, Pennsylvania History, and Feminist Media Studies, among others. She recently won the American Journalism Rising Scholar award, the American Journalism Historian Association's Maurine Beasley Award for Outstanding Paper on Women's History, and a College of Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Grant. She previously was awarded a Mountain West Center Research Grant, and she was a 2012-2013 American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellow. When she's not teaching or researching, Dr. Carter Olson enjoys swimming, playing the flute, exploring the mountains with her family, and reading mysteries and YA novels.

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