Dr. Valerie Wieskamp

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Tuesday: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

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


Currently Teaching (Spring 2023)

COM 3151 Gender Communication
COM 3155 Persuasion

Courses Taught

COM 2181 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
COM 3117 Environmental Communication
COM 3130 Minorities in the Media
COM 3155 Persuasion
COM 3151 Gender Communication
COM 3929 Advanced Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

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 N. Wieskamp & Cortney Smith “What to do when you’re raped”: Indigenous women critiquing and coping through a rhetoric of survivance, Quarterly Journal of Speech (2020), DOI: 10.1080/00335630.2019.1706189
  • Kate Lockwood Harris, Megan McFarlane, and Valerie Wieskamp, “The Promise and Peril of Agency as Motion: A Feminist New Materialist Approach to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment” Organization (2019), DOI: 10.1177/1350508419838697
  • 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 83, no. 2 (2019): 133-150, DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2018.1502891
  • 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.
  • Valerie Wieskamp “‘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, Forthcoming 2020)


  • 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”
Title: Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Assistant Chair
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2226

Office address
Walker Hall 225