Dr. Cynthia W. Walker is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Media Culture at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in public relations and marketing, media literacy, gender & communication, film, animation and broadcast studies, scriptwriting, research writing and Communication theory.
A working journalist for over 35 years, she currently covers professional regional theater in Central New Jersey for The Home News Tribune, The Courier-News, The Daily Record and The Asbury Park Press under the byline of C. W. Walker.
A fan of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series, Dr. Walker has written a number of U.N.C.L.E., spy and fandom-related articles including entries for The Museum of Broadcast Communication’s Encyclopedia of Television, edited by Horace Newcomb. She delivers onscreen commentary in the extras of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. DVD megaset released by Time/Life. Her book, Work/Text: Investigating The Man From U.N.C.L.E., proposes a new dialogic model of mass media and was published by Hampton Press in 2013.
As Assistant Director for the Center for Media Studies. (2001-2006) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. Walker developed and piloted New Literacies for a New Millennium, a media literacy curriculum for grades 5-8 in New Jersey school districts. During the spring of 2005, the Center collaborated with The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) and The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) to produce a short film on the Center-sponsored media literacy program at the Great Brunswick Charter School, New Brunswick, NJ. She also consulted on writing the media literacy section for the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Language Arts Literacy.
Dr. Walker received her Ph.D. in Communication in 2001 from the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, with a B.A. in Communication and Political Science.
She has taught at Rutgers University, Monmouth University, New Jersey City University in New Jersey, and at The New School in New York City.