Communication | Prof. Carolyn Lumsden

Prof. Carolyn Lumsden

Prof. Carolyn Lumsden

Office hours: 1:30-2:30 pm at Burritt Library Room 413 or by appointment


  • M.A. Communication, Stanford University
  • M.S.L., Yale Law School
  • B.A., Boston University


  • Critical Thinking
  • Opinion Writing

Professional Experience

  • Editor and Writer
  • Publishing


Carolyn Lumsden holds the 2020-22 Robert C. Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism & Mass Communication. She’s also Group Opinion Editor for Hearst Connecticut Media.

In 2007, Carolyn became the first female editorial page editor in the 250-year history of the Hartford Courant, where she worked until 2018. She has won several national awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2018 and 1995 and the 2015 Yankee Quill Award, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Academy of New England Journalists.

For more than a decade, she’s volunteered as a mentor for new writers with The OpEd Project, whose aim is to increase the diversity of voices in the media.

For CCSU, Carolyn organized six media panels in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. Speakers included New York Times political columnist Gail Collins, media columnist Ben Smith, and former op-ed editor Trish Hall; Pulitzer-winning writer Wesley Lowery, who pioneered the Washington Post’s “Fatal Force” project; and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien.

She is proudest of the many students whose opinions have been published in Connecticut media.