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Carol Winkler


Ph.D. University of Maryland, M.A. Wake Forest University, B.A. University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill


visual communication, presidential rhetoric, online extremist discourse, argumentation and debate


Carol Winkler is the lead faculty member of the TCVE Initiative and Professor of Communication. Her research focuses on communication and conflict, with a particular emphasis on presidential foreign policy rhetoric, argumentation and debate, visual communication, and online extremism. Her book, In the Name of Terrorism (SUNY 2006), won the outstanding book award in political communication from the National Communication Association. She also 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. The Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College (2014) published her most recent co-edited volume, Visual Propaganda and Online Extremism, and Routledge will be publishing her most recent volume, Networking Argument later this year. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and various private foundations have funded her research into various aspects of conflict and its solutions. Dr. Winkler holds a Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland. She also earned a master’s degree in Speech Communication from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in English and Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is past President of the American Forensics Association.


Winkler, C. and Pieslak, J. (2018). Multimodal Visual/Sound Redundancy in ISIS Videos:  A Close Analysis of Martyrdom and Training Segments. Journal of Police, Intelligence, and Counterterroris, 13(3), 345-360.

Winkler, C., El-Damanhoury, K., and Lemieux, A.F. (2018).  Validating Extremism:  Strategic Use of Authority Appeals in al-Naba’ Infographics, Journal of Argumentation in Context, 7(1), 33-71.

Winkler, C.K., El-Damanhoury, K. Dicker, A., and Lemieux, A. (2016). The Medium is Terrorism:  Transformation of the About to Die Trope in Dabiq. Terrorism and Political Violence, DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2016.1211526