Alexandra C. Klaren, PhD

Assistant Professor

Academic Discipline: Business Communication, Law & Ethics

Phone: 410-234-3069



Alexandra Castro Klarén received her PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in May 2016. She is currently working on turning her dissertation, “’Invisible to the Eye’: Rhetorics of Ethical Emotionality in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – an inquiry into the rhetorics of the children’s television program from a cultural, media studies, and communication ethics perspective – into a book.

Her research and teaching interests are rooted in the study of media, culture, communication ethics, and human emotion, with concentrations in cultural studies and human values. Professor Klarén is primarily interested in understanding the ways that value systems and identities are constituted by and through the media and other prominent social institutions.

Honors & Distinctions

  • PhD Cultural Studies Certificate, University of Pittsburgh (2016)
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh (2010-2013)
  • Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences & The Grable Foundation (2012)
  • Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Student Research, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (2010 & 2011)

Selected Publications

  • Alexandra Castro Klaren, "'Won't You Be My Neighbor?': Intergenerational Dialogics in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Viewer Mail," Communication Quarterly 65, no. 1 (Jan-Mar 2017): 60-79.