Faculty & Staff

Dr Valérie Gorin



Dr Valérie Gorin contributed to CERAH courses as an external specialist, before joining as a lecturer in January 2011.
She is also SNF Senior researcher at the University of Lausanne and Professor in Distance Learning at the University of Fribourg.

Dr Gorin holds a Degree in History from the Faculty of Arts in October 2004, and a PhD in communication and media sciences from the University of Geneva, which she obtained in September 2013. Her PhD focused on the photojournalistic coverage of humanitarian crises in American and French newsmagazines from the 1960s to the 1990s.

She has been carrying out research on media and communications and teaching qualitative methods for social sciences between 2007 and 2013 with the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva.

Her areas of research are related to the history of communication and humanitarian action and to the evolution and uses of photojournalism in modern times. She is currently doing research on the history and media coverage of contemporary famines, and on the link between citizen photojournalism, (eye)witnessing and advocacy strategies in humanitarian settings. She has also started writing a book about the uses of photography and the media strategies of humanitarian actors since the late 19th century.


Fields of Interest

  • History of armed conflicts in the 20th century
  • History of photography, photojournalism and the press
  • History of humanitarian action
  • The media and humanitarian action
  • Citizen (photo)journalism
  • Advocacy and testimony strategies
  • Sociology of celebrity and celebrity diplomacy

Selected Publications