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Kelly Wilz


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.

Research Interests

  • Intersections of education, media literacy, gender, politics, democracy, and popular culture. 


  • Wilz, Kelly.  “Getting the Final Girl Out of Get Out.” Women’s Studies in Communication, January 2021.
  • Wilz, Kelly.  Resisting Rape Culture through Pop Culture: SexAfter #MeToo. Lexington Books, December 2019.
  • “Will the #MeToo Movement lead to lasting social change? Six womenweigh in.” The Lily. Oct. 18, 2018.
  • Wilz, Kelly.  “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).
  • Wilz, Kelly.  “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.
  • Wilz, Kelly. “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.
  • Wilz, Kelly. “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. 
  • Wilz, Kelly. “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.
  • Wilz, Kelly.”Rehumanization Through Reflective Oscillation In Jarhead.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 13.4 (2010): 581-609.
  • Wilz, Kelly. “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. Member, National Communication Association 2006-present.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Popular Culture Association 2012-present.
Kelly Wilz
Professor - Media Studies

307 Communication Arts Office


PhD - Communication and Culture
Indiana University

MA - Communication Studies
Northern Illinois University

BA - Communication Studies
Gustavus Adolphus College


Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Foundations of Criticism: Understanding Media
Social Media, Cultures, and Practices
Hashtag Activism
Sex, Media, and Rape Culture
Communication and Gender