Dr. Kelly Winfrey serves as assistant professor with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and faculty with the Leadership Studies Program for the Catt Center. She earned a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas in May 2012, a master’s degree in communication with an emphasis on gender from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in ethnic and gender studies from Emporia State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on explaining women voters through gender group identification and sex-role ideology.
Winfrey teaches LD ST/W S 333, “Women and Leadership,” an elective course for the leadership certificate, and LD ST/W S, “Research on Women and Leadership,” a capstone course for leadership students. In May of 2015 she taught in the center’s global leadership study abroad program to Stockholm, Sweden. Winfrey also oversees such research and outreach programs as the Archives of Women’s Political Communication, Women in Iowa Politics database and Ready to Run® Iowa: Campaign Training for Women as part of her appointment with the Catt Center. Her academic home is the Greenlee School.
Winfrey previously served as a communication studies instructor and assistant director of debate at Kansas State University. She has taught courses in business and professional speaking, public speaking, small group discussion methods, effective business communication and political communication at Kansas State and the University of Kansas. She has published six co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters on such topics as gender identification in young voters, the effects of gender in presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns, perceptions of candidate image by debate viewers, online self-presentation strategies of political candidates, campaign coverage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2008, and the content and effects of presidential campaign television ads. She is currently writing a book, "What Women Want (from Politics): Understanding How Women Vote," which will be published in the fall of 2016 by Praeger/ABC-CILO.