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I was featured in the Petit Jean while a class writer during the 2013 Fall semester.

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Undergraduate Research Thesis

What's in a Face: A Content Analysis of

Time Magazine's Person of the Year Since 1927


  • Originally called “Man of the Year,” TIME began the tradition of selecting a person who was a newsmaker of the year “for better or for worse.”

  • In 1927, the original cover of Charles Lindbergh was an attempt to resolve a mistake earlier that year were Linbergh was snubbed a cover story after his famous trans-Atlantic flight.

  • The title was changed to Person of the Year in 1999.

  • The selections are based on what the magazine describes as who has had the largest influence on history and who best represented the year.

  • The Title of Person of the year has been given to some world’s most controversial figures.

  • Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Nikia Kruschchev and Ayatollah Khomeini have all been received the title.


Age Breakdown:

  • The mean age was 56 years, the median was 56, and the mode was 57.

  • There were 16 recipients that do not have recordable ages, leaving 76 for analysis.

  • The youngest recipient was Charles Lindberg at the at of 25.

  • The oldest recipient was Pope John XXII at the age of 81.

Racial Breakdown:

  • After Caucasian, the first race represented was Indian. Mahatma Ghandi was awarded the title in 1930.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama are the only two African-American U.S Military and Political Leaders.

  • President Obama has received the title twice, the only racial minority to do so.

Gender Breakdown:

  • Only three women have received the title as individuals: Wallis Simpson in 1936, Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, and Corazon Aqino in 1986.

  • For the 1975 issue, the title was changed to Woman of the Year and was awarded to The American Woman.

  • In this study, Soong May-ling, The American Woman, The Whistleblowers and The Protester were all considered female due to a woman being the dominate feature of the cover picture on their respective issues.

Categorical Breakdown:

  • Some of the magazine’s more controversial covers have not depicted people but ideas.

  • “You” won the title in 2006 for being the content creators for the World Wide Web and advancing the Information Age.

  • Twenty of the indiviuals that are categoriezed as International Leaders are Caucasian.

The thesis can be read in its entirety here.