Christina Knopf is a Professor in the Communication & Media Studies Department, specializing in rhetoric and public address.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Knopf earned her Ph.D. from the University at Albany, concentrating in cultural sociology and political communication, with a research specialization in rhetorical analysis. Her dissertation was a study of “Providence, Presidents, and the Press: Inaugural Rhetoric of Religion in an Historical Perspective.” She also earned her MA in political communication from the University at Albany. 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, and an AA in liberal arts concentrating in social science from Finger Lakes Community College.

She came to SUNY Cortland in August 2017 from SUNY Potsdam, where she had been a part of the Department of English & Communication and affiliate faculty to Women’s & Gender Studies and to Africana Studies, and had served as Oral Skills Coordinator for the General Education Committee since 2006. Dr. Knopf has also taught at Monroe Community College, Genesee Community College, the University at Albany, and the College of St. Rose. 

As a teacher, Dr. Knopf is a speech/human communication generalist, with strengths in political communication, rhetoric, and public address. As a scholar, she focuses on rhetoric of the popular arts, with particular interests in politainment and banal militarism and eye toward representation and democracy.

Prior to entering higher education full time, she earned experience in technical writing, web design, photojournalism, public relations, political campaigning, and government research.

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, and a 2017 inductee of Phi Kappa Phi.

She is a co-editor of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies series and currently serves on the editorial board of the Home Front Studies journal. She is also a standing peer reviewer for the Popular Culture Studies Journal and Comics Grid journal.

Dr. Knopf is an active participant of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, New York State Communication Association, and Comics Studies Society. She is also a member of the Rhetoric Society of America,  She is a past member of the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She currently serves as President of NYSCA and as Chair of the Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group of ECA.

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updated 10 Sep. 2022