Carolyn Codamo joined the Diary Project as a recently retired professor with a general interest in the intersection of media and society, and in the analysis of 19th-century American social and culture history.
Although she has also written short biographies on Steinway family members and reported on playwrights and musicians, Codamo’s primary assignments explore the Steinway’s social customs. Codamo has followed the customs of haircuts and shaving in the 1890s, use of the Steinway Mansion, and Victorian methods of heating homes.
Although a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Codamo has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1970. She moved to the Washington, DC area after her retirement to be nearer friends and family. Codamo has a BA in Spanish and Theology from Trinity College in Washington, DC, and a MA and PhD from Georgia State in urban planning and educational foundations. Codamo is recently retired from Georgia State University where, over the last thirty three years, she held various positions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent responsibilities were as Associate Chair of the Department of Communication and associate director of the Center for International Media Education. While performing these roles, she continued as a professor of communication, teaching international communication, journalism writing, communication theory, media ethics, and communication law. Her research interests have centered on the establishment and growth of media in developing countries, specifically in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East as a workshop facilitator, instructing journalist from that area in professional journalism practices. Currently, Codamo is a volunteer at Green Doors, a facility for adults with mental illnesses, where she offers public speaking classes and writing tutorials for members seeking their GEDs. She lives with her life partner, Ken Hardman, in the Friendship Heights neighborhood, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Together they have four adult children and three grandchildren.