I hold a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I’ve conducted peer-reviewed research on “the narrative of place,” including urban/rural tensions, class identities, in-group/out-group conflicts, collective memory, and control over historical narratives.

Book Editing

The Communication Crisis in America, And How to Fix It
I was invited to serve as assistant editor on this volume of research and policy recommendations, which was inspired by a report we compiled for the Federal Communications Commission in 2012.


Barnidge, M., Gunther, A., Kim, J., Hong, Y., Perryman, M., Tay, S. K., Knisely, S. (forthcoming). “Politically motivated selective exposure and perceived media bias.” Communication Research. Advance online publication.

McLaughlin, B.; Davis, C.; Coppini, D.; Kim, Y.M.; Knisely, S.; McLeod, D. (2015) “When Women Attack.” Politics and Life Sciences, 34(1). pp. 44-56.

Robinson, S.; Knisely, S.; Schwartz, M. (2014) “A news negotiation of a state’s history: Collective memory of the 2011 Wisconsin protests.” Journalism Studies, 1-18.c.

Master’s Thesis

Knisely, S. “Division in Dairyland: Community structure, social identity and news frames during the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.” Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. 2013. Read it here.

Conference Presentations

“Darth Vader in Dairyland: Constructing political out-groups via digital cartoons.” Paper presented at Communication Crossroads: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Madison, Wisconsin. March 2013.

“A news negotiation of a state’s history: Collective memory of the 2011 Wisconsin protests.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference. Chicago, Illinois. August 2012.

Teaching Evaluations

Journalism 202: Mass Media Practices 
Led a section of 15 students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison through an intensive six-credit course on news writing, multimedia, and web design.
Spring 2013: 4.74/5 (department TA average: 4.29)
Spring 2012: 4.51/5 (department TA average: 4.36)
Fall 2011: 4.62/5 (department TA average: 4.15)

Journalism 646: Mass Media and the Consumer
Sole teaching assistant for a 110-student course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on advertising history, basic economics, and marketing research techniques. Received the highest student evaluation score ever given to a teaching assistant in the class.
Fall 2012: 4.76/5 (department TA average: 4.19)