A former journalist, Barbie Zelizer is known worldwide for her work on journalism, culture, memory and images, particularly in times of crisis. She has authored or edited fourteen books, including the award-winning About To Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford, 2010) and Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera's Eye (Chicago, 1998), and over 150 articles, book chapters and essays.
In 2009-2010, she served as ICA President. In 2020, Zelizer was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is also a recipient of a large number of research fellowships and awards, including those by National Communication Association, Harvard University, Stanford University, Fulbright, and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Barbie Zelizer is also a media critic, whose work has appeared in The Nation, PBS News Hour, CNN, The Huffington Post, Newsday, Liberation and other media organs, as well as a former Judge of the Peabody Awards for Excellence in Electronic Media. Her work has been translated into French, Korean, Turkish, Romanian, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Portuguese.