Pamela Hill Nettleton is an assistant professor at Marquette University, where she teaches media studies and journalism and researches domestic violence coverage in media as well as masculinity and gender in media. She writes books, magazine articles, librettos, scripts, and essays. Her award-winning essays and articles appears in RedbookFamilyFunSports Illustrated for KidsBetter Homes & GardensU.S. Catholic, Reader’s Digest magazines, the StarTribune, the Pioneer PressFine GardeningMilwaukee Magazine, Live MusicMEL, The LutheranBride AgainMpls./St Paul MagazineTwin Cities Business MonthlyMinnesota BrideMidwest Home & DesignAmerican HockeyMinnesota Monthly magazine, and other web and print publications.

She has been Editorial Director of several magazines, including Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Monthly. Her scripts for symphonic concerts for young people been performed with orchestras around the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Her children’s video, “Nutcracker: The Untold Story,” has won several prestigious awards, including Top Video of the Year from Child magazine and Best Video from Sesame Street. She donates a regular column to her neighborhood newspaper, the Southwest Journal.

She is the author of 22 books—five adult non-fiction and three series of children’s books—which have been reviewed and mentioned in many publications and websites, including The New York Times, USA Today, and the nationally syndicated column Ask Amy. Her books include a biography of William Shakespeare and a guide to second (or third, or fourth) weddings. She has written six nonfiction books for adults and 18 children’s books, which have been translated into Spanish.

She was a magazine writer and editor for 25 years before returning to the University of Minnesota to earn her undergraduate degree in journalism, her master’s degree in Mass Communication, and her doctorate degree in Communication Studies. Her dissertation on post-9/11 television masculinity won the 2010 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association.

She lives in the Midwest.


For Writing and Editing

  • 58 Individual Awards for excellence in writing and editing
    Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Awards, 1995 – 2004
  • Award for Feature Writing in Minnesota Monthly magazine
    Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Gold Award, 1991
  • Critical Awards for scriptwriting children’s video, Nutcracker: The Untold Story
    Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, 1999
    Parent’s Choice Gold Award, 1998
    National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award, 1998
    The Dove Foundation Family Approved Seal, 1998
    Parenting Magazine‘s Video Magic Award, 1998
    Child magazine’s Top Videos of the Year, 1998
    Crayola Kids Holiday Videos, 1998
    Sesame Street Parents Best Videos, 1998
    Kid’s First! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media Award 1997

For Academic Work

  • Selected as Kopenhaver Center Fellow at the 2014 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention in Montreal
  • Awarded Grant from the Diederich College Initiative for the Study of Communication, Values, Ethics, and Social Justice, Marquette University, 2014
  • Way Klinger Teaching Advancement Award 2014-2015
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Diederich College of Communication, 2012
  • Fellowship, Gender Resource Center Summer Faculty Fellowship, Marquette University, 2012
  • Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association, 2012