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. Her book The Bad Sixties won the 2018 Best Book award from the American Studies Division of the National Communication Association. She is the immediate past-editor of Women's Studies in Communication, a national, quarterly, peer reviewed journal for feminist communication scholarship. Her current research explores the resources media culture offer for envisioning feminist futures as responses to gender violence, climate change, and antiblackness.


Hoerl, K. (2018). The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi.

Johnson, J. & Hoerl, K. (2020). "Suppressing Black Power through Black Panther's Neocolonial Allegory," Spec. issue on Disney/Marvel's Black Panther. The Review of Communication, 20(3), 269-277.

Hoerl, K. (2017). "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.



COMM 850: Seminar in Gender and Communication