Christina M. Knopf, PhD
Specializing in political communication and cultural sociology, Dr. Knopf is a rhetorician who teaches human communication. Combining her interests in sociology and speech communication, she studies rhetoric of the popular arts (ex., cartoons, comic books, epistolary, films, and shows) for what, and how, it communicates about our socio-political world. Her work particularly focuses on depictions of war and the military (banal militarism) and on depictions of politics and campaigns (politainment), with special attention to issues of representation and democracy.
Dr. Knopf is a professor, and the public speaking coordinator, in the Communication & Media Studies Department at The State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland. She is also a co-editor of Routledge's Advances in Comics Studies series and a member of the editorial board for the Home Front Studies journal, and she is serving as President of the New York State Communication Association through October 2022.
She is a life-long New Yorker who has been part of the SUNY system since 1997. She grew up in the Finger Lakes Wine Region, attended college in the mid-Hudson Valley, attended graduate school in the Capital District, worked in the Greater Rochester Area and in Western New York, spent eleven years working and living in Northern New York, and now works and resides in Central New York. In her free time, she enjoys crafting while bingeing fiction.
Dr. Knopf completed her PhD concentrating in political communication and cultural sociology at the University at Albany in 2005. Her dissertation was a study of "Providence, Presidents, and the Press: Inaugural Rhetoric of Religion in a Historical Perspective." She earned an MA concentrating in political communication from U. 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 a BA majoring in public relations and minoring in journalism from SUNY New Paltz in 2000, and an AA in liberal arts, concentrating in social science, from Finger Lakes Community College in 1998.
Dr. Knopf continues her education through a variety of professional development opportunities.
In August 2017, Dr. Knopf joined the Communication & Media Studies Department at SUNY Cortland. Previously, she was a member of the Department of English & Communication, and affiliate faculty to Women's & Gender Studies and to Africana Studies, at SUNY Potsdam from 2006 to 2017. There, she served as Oral Skills Coordinator, Lambda Pi Eta-Delta Omicron faculty sponsor, and Comic Book Club faculty advisor.
Dr. Knopf has also taught at Monroe Community College, Genesee Community College, the University at Albany, and the College of St. Rose.
Prior to teaching full time, she gained experience as a government researcher, web designer, newspaper photographer, technical writer, and community relations aide.