Christina Knopf is an 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, infotainment, and banal militarism.

She 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.” Dr. Knopf earned her MA in political communication from the University at Albany in 2001, 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.

She has taught public speaking – in addition to assorted courses in political communication and related topics, communication theory, and communication research methods – since 2001 at colleges throughout New York State. She joined the Communication & Media Studies Department at SUNY Cortland in 2017.

Dr. Knopf is an active participant of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and New York State Communication Association. She is also a member of the Comics Studies Society and Rhetoric Society of America.

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