Portrait Photograph of Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen

PhD Candidate

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen is a doctoral student specializing in media history. Her dissertation examines the historic role print culture played in shaping community identity in the early 20th century, and her research interests include topics related to mass culture, sports communication, education, and memory. She earned her M.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her thesis examined the way newspapers in small cities mediated mass culture in the early 1920s. She received her B.A. in journalism and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • The Wisconsin Idea and Journalism Education
  • 19th Century Journalism and the Midwest
  • This talk explores the role Wisconsin and the Midwest played in shaping America journalism, both in terms of its innovative approach to journalism education at the University of Wisconsin, and in terms of the practice of reporting at newspapers across the state.