Chet DeFonso


Chet DeFonso

Associate Professor
250 Gries Hall
(906) 227-2514



A.B., Washington University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois


Dr. DeFonso's research is focused upon the relationships between the media and political, social, and cultural institutions in Britain from the middle of the nineteenth century to World War II. He is especially interested in the public perception of journalists as the unelected "Fourth Estate" of government.

Selected Publications/Presentations

"The origins of Lobby Journalism." Government and Institutions in the Post 1832 United Kingdom. Alan O'Day, editor, 1995.

"Spying Strangers: The Politics of Parliamentary Journalism in the 1870s." Presented at the Southern Conference on British Studies, New Orleans, November, 1995.