Bernadette Kester PhD

Assistant Professor

Biographical Note

Bernadette Kester (1959) is a Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University. Her teaching and research activities lie in the fields of journalism studies, photo journalism, media and representation, and film history. Her current research examines the journalistic practices of foreign correspondents. She participates (with Isabel Awad) in an international research called Journalism Students across the Globe, being responsible for the Dutch part.

Bernadette Kester holds an MA degree in History of Society (EUR) and received her PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1998. Her dissertation concerns the representation of World War I in German movies during the Weimar period. After her doctorate, she has lectured at various institutions,including the Amsterdam International School for Humanities and Social Sciences and the Media and Culture Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. From 2000 to 2004, she worked as a research fellow for the Netherlands Institute for Military History. In 2004, she joined the Media Department in Rotterdam.

Bernadette Kester is a former board member of the Dutch Association for Audiovisual History (GBG) and she chaired the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, the Dutch Journal for Media History.