Kristen Hoerl

Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Public Culture Communication Studies


Dr. Kristen Hoerl, Associate Professor, publishes and teaches classes in rhetoric, with a research emphasis on the ways in which popular media give meaning to public controversies, political violence, and dissent. Much of her scholarship analyzes how Hollywood film, television, and news coverage has depicted the black freedom, women’s liberation and antiwar movements from the late-Sixties to explain how mainstream culture constrains our resources for understanding the role of public protest in the process of social change. She is currently the editor of Women’s Studies in Communication, a national, quarterly, peer reviewed journal for feminist communication scholarship that foregrounds the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class, as well as the articulations between gendered performances, power, and representation in public culture


Hoerl, K. (in press). The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi.

Hoerl, K. (in press). How Selective Amnesia brought us the First Black Socialist President of the United States. In R. Terrill (Ed.) Reconsidering Obama: Reflections on rhetoric. New York: Peter Lang Press.

Hoerl, K., & Ortiz, E. (2015). Organizational secrecy and the FBI’s COINTELPRO-Black Nationalist Hate Groups Program, 1967-1971. Spec. issue of Management Communication Quarterly, 29, 590-615.

Hoerl, K. (2012). Selective amnesia and racial transcendence in news coverage of President Obama’s inauguration. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 98, 178-202.

Hoerl, K. & Kelly, C.R. (2010). The Post-Nuclear family and the depoliticization of unplanned pregnancy in Juno, Knocked Up, and Waitress. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 7, 360-380.