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Hoerl, Kristen

Associate Professor - Communication
Communication Studies


Fairbanks Building - 252


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Rhetorical Criticism; Critical Media Studies; Gender & Feminism; Public Memories of 1960s-era Social Protest Movements; Civil Rights and Critical Race Theory.

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Dr. Hoerl's research has been published in international, national, and regional communication journals including The Quarterly Journal of Speech; Communication, Culture, and Critique; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; Argumentation and Advocacy, The Communication Review; Communication Studies; Western Journal of Communication; and Southern Communication Journal.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Associate Professor of Media, Rhetoric and Culture. Courses include Film, Culture, and Criticism; Argumentation and Advocacy; Voices of Dissent and Social Change; The Rhetoric of Horror Films; Media Literacy; Public Speaking; and Global Women: Rights and Resistance.

Personal Hobbies
Playing with her dog, watching films with her spouse, and the occasional attempt to grow flowers and bake pastries.


Ph.D., Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005; M.A., Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000; B.A., Speech Communication and History, minor in Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1997.

Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Honor Society); Phi Alpha Theta.

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
National Communication Association; Rhetoric Society of America, American Studies Association