Christina Knopf is Associate Professor and Public Speaking Coordinator in Communication & Media Studies at SUNY Cortland. She is a rhetorician and qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on issues in politainment and banal militarism.

Dr. Knopf earned her Ph.D. from the University at Albany, concentrating in cultural sociology and political communication in 2005; her dissertation was a study of “Providence, Presidents, and the Press: Inaugural Rhetoric of Religion in an Historical Perspective.” She earned her MA in political communication from the University at Albany in 2001. Her thesis, “Power Plays by the Powerless: A Study of Attempted Diffusion of Innovative Reforms by the New York Assembly Minority Conference,” was based on a graduate practicum with the New York State Assembly. She earned her BA majoring in public relations and minoring in journalism from SUNY New Paltz in 2000, and her AA in liberal arts concentrating in social science from Finger Lakes Community College in 1998.

In August 2017, Dr. Knopf joined the Communication & Media Studies Department at SUNY Cortland. She came to Cortland from SUNY Potsdam, where she was a member of the Department of English & Communication and affiliate faculty to Women’s & Gender Studies and Africana Studies.  She taught at SUNY Potsdam for eleven years, as Assistant Professor from 2006-2012 and as Associate Professor from 2012-2017.  Prior to that, Dr. Knopf taught at Monroe Community College, Genesee Community College, the University at Albany, and the College of St. Rose. 

Dr. Knopf is a Wilson Scholar of the New York State Communication Association, a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association,  a 2020 recipient of the Eastern Communication Association Past Officers’ Award, a 2017 recipient of the Finger Lakes Community College Outstanding Humanities Alumni Achievement Award, a 2017 recipient of the SUNY Potsdam President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

She currently serves on the editorial board of the Home Front Studies journal and is a standing peer reviewer for the Popular Culture Studies Journal and Comics Grid journal. Dr. Knopf has also been a guest reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Military Studies; Journal of Marine Corps History; Media, War & Conflict; War and History; and, Communication Quarterly, and she is a past editorial board member the Lambda Pi Eta Journal.

Dr. Knopf is an active participant of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, New York State Communication Association, and Comics Studies Society. Dr. Knopf is also a member of the Rhetoric Society of America, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and she a past member of the American Sociological Association and the American Political Science Association.

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