Kristen McCauliff

Kristen McCauliff

Associate Professor of Communication Studies


Room:LB 328

Kristen McCauliff received her Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Georgia, after graduating with a master’s in rhetoric from Wake Forest University. Dr. McCauliff’s research interests include: rhetorical criticism and theory, feminism, citizenship and media. Her articles have appeared in a number of journals including Communication Studies and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Her current book project analyzes how conservative women use feminist strategies and will be published in 2016. Dr. McCauliff teaches classes and advises graduate students in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism and media analysis.


Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.A., Wake Forest University
B.A., Central Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Feminist and Performance Theory
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Citizenship


  • COMM 322 Communication and Popular Culture
  • COMM 360 Human Communication Theory
  • COMM 412 Rhetorical Criticism and Theory
  • COMM 611 Theories of Rhetoric
  • COMM 612 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 665 Mediated Communication

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Ball State University, 2015
  • CCIM Teaching Award, 2012
  • Department of Communication Studies Teaching Award, 2012 and 2014
  • Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Georgia, 2008-2009
  • Graduate School Dean’s Dissertation Research Award, University of Georgia, 2008


  • University Senate
  • University Task Force on Gender Equity
  • President's Immersive Learning Fellow for CCIM
  • New Faculty Academy Facilitator
  • Member, Diversity Interest Group, College of Communication, Information and Media
  • Member, Curriculum and Program Development Committee, Department of Communication Studies

Selected Publications

McCauliff, K.L. (Winter, 2014). The Internet, Capitalism, and Food Activism: Helping Students See the Connection. Teaching Media Quarterly, v. 2 (2).

Gronnvoll, M., & McCauliff, K.L. (September, 2013). Bodies that Shatter: Interrogating Media Representation of Agency in Reports of Female Suicide Bombers. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, v. 43, pp. 335-354.

McCauliff, K.L., (January-March, 2011). Blogging in Baghdad: The Practice of Collective Citizenship on the Blog Baghdad Burning. Communication Studies—Special Issue on Muslim Women and the Media, v. 62, pp. 58-73.

Cisneros, D., McCauliff, K.L., & Beasley, V.B. (2009). The Rhetorical Perspective: Doing, Being, Shaping and Seeing. In An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research (2nd edition). New York, NY: Routledge.

McCauliff, K.L. (2007). Inaugural Addresses, President. In Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Louden, A., & McCauliff, K.L. (2004). The “Authentic Candidate”: Extending Candidate Image Assessment. In Prager Presidential Campaign Image. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Curriculum Vitae

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Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Mediated Communicati 665 1 1830 - 2110 T LB, room 265