​Faculty & Staff


Kelly Wilz

Division Head
Director of Communication 101
Associate Professor - Communication




  • B.A. Degree: Communication Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • M.A. Degree: Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D. Degree: Communication and Culture, Indiana University
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: From Caricatures to Characters:  Processes of Rehumanization in Iraq War Films 

Courses Taught 

  • COMM-101:  Fundamentals of Oral Communication 
  • WGS-105: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • COMM-396: Communication and Gender
  • COMM-390/590:  Hashtag Activism
  • COMM-390/590:  Sex, Communication, and #MeToo 


Kelly Wilz received her Ph.D. from Indiana University's department of Communication and Culture.  Her research and teaching explore the intersections of education, media literacy, gender, politics, democracy, and popular culture.  The focus of her primary research is on rhetorical constructions of gender, violence, and dissent within the context of U.S. war culture and American politics. Related topics of interest include how dehumanizing and demonizing rhetoric extend beyond war to broader patterns of social violence based on intersectional discourses of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and other identity markers. Wilz's work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Feministing, and other media outlets.  You can view her TEDx talk on #MeToo and constructed masculinity here:


Selected Publications

“The Womanly Object in Social Horror:  Final Girl as Subject Position in Get Out.” Women's Studies in Communication, forthcoming.

Resisting Rape Culture through Pop Culture: SexAfter #MeToo. Lexington Books, December 2019.

Book Review:  "Review:  Why I am Not A Feminist:  A Feminist Manifesto by Jessica Crispin." Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review 39.2, (2018). 

"Bernie Bros and Woman Cards: Rhetorics Of Sexism, Misogyny, And Constructed Masculinity In The 2016 Election." Women's Studies in Communication 39.4 (2016): 357-360.

"Through a Soldier's Eyes:  Stereoscopic Gazing in Operation Homecoming:  Writing the Wartime Experience." The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to The War Film. Ed. Doug Cunningham. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Print.

"Misogyny and Torture Porn in American Horror Story: Coven." Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication. Ed. James Manning and Carey Noland.  Dubuque:  Kendall- Hunt, 2016. Print.  

"Models of Democratic Deliberation:  Pharmacodynamic Agonism in The Daily Show."  The Daily Show and Rhetoric: Arguments, Issues and Strategies. Ed. Trischa Goodnow.  Lanham: Lexington Books, 2011. 77-93. Print. 

"Rehumanization Through Reflective Oscillation In Jarhead." Rhetoric & Public Affairs 13.4 (2010): 581-609. 

"Richard's Story:  The Present Referent in In the Valley of Elah." Global Media Journal 8:15 (2009):  Special issue on the intersections between performance studies, media, gender, leadership, and peace studies.