Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Photo by Rick Bern.


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Jean is the author of articles and books about the sexualization of children, tobacco and alcohol advertising, addiction, and commercial culture.


Many of Jean's popular lectures are available as DVDs and streaming digital videos, including her best-selling series Killing Us Softly.


Bring Jean to your community. For over 30 years, she has been speaking to a wide variety of audiences.

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Jean Kilbourne’s work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture – advertising. We owe her a great debt. — Susan Faludi, author (Backlash and Stiffed)