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Dr. Knopf studies the rhetoric of 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

Research Skills

  • Specialization in rhetorical criticism

    • narrative sociology

  • Familiarity with qualitative crystallization

  • Background in quantitative methods, especially 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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Conference Appearances

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Babes at arms: From firing/pin ups to Bombshells

Babes at arms: From firing/pin ups to Bombshells
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Babes at arms: From firing/pin ups to Bombshells

Babes at arms: From firing/pin ups to Bombshells

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Lois Lane & the image of the journalist: Comics Books are a  medium with a media message

Lois Lane & the image of the journalist: Comics Books are a medium with a media message

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Venom-ous heroes: The critical crossroads of the heroic villain

Venom-ous heroes: The critical crossroads of the heroic villain

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Invited Talks

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

  • (2022, Jul). Comics on Campus: Fandom + Academia. 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 –a 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.

Select Editorial Work

  • Co-Editor, Routledge Advances in Comics Studies

  • Editorial Board Member, Home Front Studies, 2021-2024

  • Editorial Board Member, Lambda Pi Eta Journal, 2012-2014

  • Peer Reviewer, Comics Grid Journal, 2020 - present

  • Peer Reviewer, Popular Culture Studies Journal, 2019 - present

  • Guest Reviewer, Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics, 2022

  • Guest Reviewer, Journal of Perpetrator Research, 2021

  • Guest Reviewer, Journal of Advanced Military Studies, 2021

  • Guest Reviewer, Journal of Marine Corps History, 2020

  • Guest Reviewer, Media, War & Conflict, 2019

  • Guest Reviewer, War and History, 2016/2017

  • Guest Reviewer, Communication Quarterly, volume 62. 2013/2014