Alexandra C. Klarén, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice
Law & Ethics
Business Communication

Alexandra Castro Klarén, PhD (Communication, University of Pittsburgh) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2016. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Doctoral program in Communication, she has expertise in the areas of communication & rhetoric, media & culture, and ethics. Dr. Klarén’s research and teaching interests are rooted in the study of culture, communication, ethics, and human emotion. She is primarily interested in understanding the ways that value systems and identities are constituted by and through the media and other prominent social institutions. Her book, On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press on October 12, 2019.

Honors and distinctions

  • Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (2018)
  • Winner, Ten By Twenty Challenge: Ideas Bridging Divides, “Bridging Divides Through Storytelling,” Johns Hopkins University IdeaLab Challenge, Baltimore, MD (2018)
  • Teaching Innovation Fund Award, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (2018)
  • Top Paper Award, “Becoming Dialogical: An Inquiry Into the Communication Ethics Origins of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Communication Ethics Division, National Communication Association 103rd Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas (2017)
  • 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

  • "'Won't You Be My Neighbor?': Intergenerational Dialogics in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Viewer Mail," Communication Quarterly 65, no. 1 (Jan-Mar 2017): 60-79.
  • On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers. 2016. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.