Kristen Hoerl
Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Public Culture Communication Studies


Dr. Kristen Hoerl 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 past editor of Women's Studies in Communication, a national, quarterly, peer reviewed journal for feminist communication scholarship. Her current research explores the trope of the "impossible woman" in serial television programs about extraordinarily talented female characters to understand what kinds of resources media culture provide for viewers to imagine more just feminist futures.


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

Hoerl, K. (in press.) The Impossible Woman and Sexist Realism on NBC's Parks and Recreation. Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Hoerl, K. & Kelly, C. R. (2021.) Embodied abject play: Women "sex comics" and abject feminism. Text and Performance Quarterly, 41/1-2, 123-139.

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. (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