Scholarship

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Dr. Knopf studies rhetoric of the popular arts. Her scholarship is broadly concerned with banal politics and militarism, focusing on the intersections of art, identity, communication, and representation. Frequently interested in verbal-visual rhetoric, it is particularly concerned with matters of inclusion and democracy. Specifically, her scholarship considers:

  • Politics in a converged media environment – campaign politics, gender politics, and media politics in visual rhetoric, especially comics and film.

  • Discourses related to war and the military– with particular attention to warriors’ narratives, expressions of banal militarism and anti-militarism, and military social media strategy.  

  • Representations of gender and race, particularly in political and/or military contexts broadly defined

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Research Skills

  • Rhetorical criticism

    • narrative sociology

  • Visual analysis

  • Qualitative crystallization

  • Content analysis

 

  • Trained on SPSS (1998-2001), SAS (2002), & R/R-Studio (2014)

  • Practiced focus group facilitator (Fall 2000) & interviewer (Fall 1999-Spring 2000, Winter 2004)

  • Experienced survey writer (Fall 2008, Fall 2016)

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Publications

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Invited Talks & Discussions

  • (2022, Nov). Military Humor Panel Discussion. A Microsoft Virtual Event, by Military at Microsoft.

  • (2022, Nov). Veteran-created war comics and the workaday war. Comics, Security, and the American Mission.The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.

  • (2022, Oct). “Junctures and ruptures: COVID, comics, and visualizing the invisible.” Wilson Lunch Lecture, New York State Communication Association. Callicoon, NY.

  • (2022, Jul). Comics on Campus: Fandom + Academia Panel Discussion. Comic Con International. San Diego, CA.

  • (2021, Nov). Superheroes Smackdown. Comics/Screen Studies Round Table. Radford University.

  • (2017, Mar). The Military in Cartoon: Veteran Comic Creators Panel Discussion. Border Town Comic-Con. Ontario, OR.

  • (2016, Oct). “The comic art of war: Comedy, comics, and miltoons.” SOAR North Country. Potsdam, NY.

  • (2016, Aug). “Animating the war effort: Cartoons of World War II.” Spirit of Revolution on the Home Front, National Parks of Boston. National Parks Service Centennial Celebration. USS Constitution Museum. Boston, MA.

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NYSCA

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RSA

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CSS

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PCA

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ASA

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ISA

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ESS

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2014

APSA

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