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Carol Winkler

Professor    A&S Associate Dean for the Humanities    

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1987


Carol Winkler is Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for the Humanities in the GSU College of Arts & Sciences.  She is a scholar of presidential foreign policy rhetoric, argumentation and debate, and visual communication.

Her recent book, In the Name of Terrorism (SUNY 2006), won the outstanding book award in political communication from the National Communication Association.  It traces the behind-the-scenes development of the leadership’s public communication strategies since the Vietnam War in response to terrorism. Her peer reviewed research has also appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Controversia, Argumentation and Advocacy, Political Communication and Persuasion, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Terrorism. She has won the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication Commission’s Award for Excellence in Research for her work on linkages between visual images and ideology. In August 2013, Winkler delivered the keynote address at the NCA/AFA Alta Summer Conference on Argumentation.

Winkler is past President of the American Forensics Association.  As Co-Executive Director of the National Debate Project, she is expanding access to the benefits of debate training into traditionally underserved populations. She has received almost $2 million in grants for her debate work with at-risk children.  Those programs have been named the signature school program for the Bush White House’s Helping America’s Youth initiative and serve as part of the technical assistance program for the Obama administration’s Youth Engagement and Violence Prevention Toolkit. Business to Business magazine, a publication targeting Fortune 100 and 500 companies, recognized her with their Diva Award for Outstanding Female Leadership.