Marion Wrenn

Director of the Writing Program; Senior Lecturer of Writing and Literature and Creative Writing Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD New York University

Research Areas: journalism history, study of popular culture

Marion C. Wrenn is a media critic, cultural historian, and literary editor who writes essays and creative non-fiction. She earned her PhD from NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and has received grants and awards from NYU, the AAUW, and the Rockefeller Archive Center.

She is currently completing her book Inventing Warriors, the story of America’s Cold War initiative to reorient international journalists. Her fields of interest include journalism history and the study of popular culture (particularly at the intersection of the social history of advertising, American consumer culture, and fan studies).

Recent work on satirical news and citizen audiences have appeared in Poetics. Her essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, South Loop Review, and elsewhere. She co-edits the literary journal Painted Bride Quarterly ( and has taught writing at NYU, Parsons, and the Princeton Writing Program. 

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