Ulf Jonas																 Bjork

Ulf Jonas Bjork

Professor of Journalism and Public Relations
Department: Journalism and Public Relations



Jonas Bjork has taught communication law, journalism history, media writing and international mass communication at IUPUI for more than 30 years.

Bjork, professor of Journalism & Public Relations, joined the faculty of the IUPUI School of Journalism in 1988. He served as executive associate dean of the School 2013-14 and as chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations 2014-2020. In 2012, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a four-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award.

Bjork is the co-author of two books, several book chapters and numerous articles in scholarly journals such as Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journalism History, Scandinavian Studies, The Historian, American Studies in Scandinavia, International Journal of Comic Art, and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.



University of Washington, Ph.D. ’87 (communications)

University of Washington, MA ’84 (communications)

University of Washington, BA ’80 (communications)

Stockholm Institute of Journalism, certificate, 1978



Teaching assistant at Department of Journalism, Stockholm University, 1979, and at School of Communications, University of Washington, Seattle, 1981-86.

Assistant professor, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1987-88.

Assistant and associate professor and professor, School of Journalism, IUPUI, 1988-present.



Nordenstreng, Kaarle, Ulf Jonas Bjork, Frank Beyersdorf, Svennik Høyer and Epp Lauk, A History of the International Movement of Journalists: Professionalism versus Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Åsard, Erik, Dag Blanck, Ulf Jonas Bjork and Wilhelm Agrell, Det blågula stjärnbaneret: USA:s närvaro och inflytande i Sverige [The Blue and Yellow Star-Spangled Banner: The Presence and Influence of the United States in Sweden] Stockholm: Carlssons, 2016.

Bjork, Ulf Jonas, “Transnationalizing Ice Hockey in Sweden, 1994-2013,” Journal of Transnational American Studies (2016).

Bjork, Ulf Jonas, “American Perceptions of Sweden Filtered Through Crime Fiction,” American Studies in Scandinavia 47 (2015).

Bjork, Ulf Jonas, “A Modicum of Social Value: The Critical and Legal Discussion of I Am Curious (Yellow) in America,” in Mariah Larsson and Elisabeth Björklund, eds., Beyond Swedish Summers: The Breakthrough of Sexuality in Swedish Cinema. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.



Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, January-May 2012.

Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2012.

Indiana University Teaching Excellence Award, Journalism, 1997

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Immigrant press in the United States

Presence of U.S. mass media in Europe

History of foreign correspondence in the American press

International journalism organizations



Advisory Committee member, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Rock Island, Ill.

Reviewer, Journalism History, American Studies in Scandinavia, Historisk tidskrift.

IUPUI Top 100 judge.

Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Journalism Historians Association, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Swedish-American Historical Society.