Dr. Valerie Wieskamp

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am-11:45am; Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm

Teaching and Research Specialties: 

  • In her research and teaching, Dr. Wieskamp explores the rhetoric of public advocacy and mediated culture in topics related to gender, race, violence and environmental sustainability, paying particular to how these issues relate to narrative and temporality. She has written about sexual violence in U.S. wars, gendered representations of heroism, and public advocacy and visual culture that addresses sexual violence, and has begun research studying the rhetoric of sustainable agricultural movements.


  • Valerie Wieskamp (forthcoming), “‘Learning to “Speak Without Shame’: A Feminist Response to Gendered Violence,” The Comics World: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi).
  • Valerie Wieskamp, “‘I’m Going Out There and I’m Telling This Story’: Victimhood and Empowerment in Narratives of Military Sexual Violence,” Western Journal of Communication (forthcoming 2019).
  • Valerie Wieskamp, “Research on Rape Culture: The Missing Piece in Reporting on the #MeToo Movement,” Media Ethics, 30.1 (2018).
  • Valerie Wieskamp, “Sexual Assault and the My Lai Massacre: The Erasure of Sexual Violence from Public Memory of the Vietnam War,” in Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual Culture and Mediated Memory, eds, Jennifer Good, Val Williams, Paul Lowe and Brigitte Lardinois (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), 131–47.
  • Valerie Wieskamp, “The Nurses of Bataan: Liberating Wartime Heroes from Melodrama” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 16.1 (2013): 29–58.

Recent Awards:

  • 2017-18 National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Dialogues On the Experience of War Program Grant $100,000 — “Blurred Boundaries: The Experience of War and Its Aftermath”


  • Indiana University, Bloomington Ph.D., Department of Communication and Culture: 2015.
  • DePaul University M.A., Multicultural Communication: 2007.
  • Iowa State University B.F.A., Graphic Design: 2002.
Title: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2226

Office address
Walker Hall 225