Kristen McCauliff
Kristen McCauliff
Interim Dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media and Associate Professor in Communication Studies


Room:LB 328

About Kristen McCauliff

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, Women & Language, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Her co-authored book entitled Listening to Women on the Right: Communication Strategies of Today’s Female Republican Politicians was published in 2017 with McFarland Press. She is currently working on a book manuscript about feminist friendship as a model for civic engagement. 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 and Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Citizenship


COMM 322 Communication and Popular Culture
COMM 404 Political Communication
COMM 412 Rhetorical Criticism and Theory
COMM 450 Rhetoric and Advocacy
COMM 611 Theories of Rhetoric
COMM 612 Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 665 Mediated Communication

Awards and Honors

  • CCIM Social Responsibility, 2017
  • 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
  • Office of Institutional Diversity Advisory Board
  • University Task Force on Gender Equity
  • Live Near Your Work Committee
  • President's Immersive Learning Fellow for CCIM
  • New Faculty Academy Facilitator
  • Member, Curriculum and Program Development Committee, Department of Communication Studies

Selected Publications

  • Conner, B,; McCauliff, K.L.; Shue, C.; Stamp, G. (Winter, 2018), Explaining Mansplaining. Women & Language, v. 40 (1).
  • Friedman, R.; McNabb, N.; McCauliff, K.L. (2017) Listening to Women on the Right: Communication Strategies of Today’s Female Republican Politicians. Jefferson, NC, McFarland Press. 
  • McCauliff, K.L. & Denker, K.J. (2016) “Popular Culture, Pedagogy and Dialoguing Difference: Starting Difficult Conversations in the Communication Classroom.” Chapter accepted as part of the book series Communication Perspectives on Popular Culture Series.
  • 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.