Kelly Winfrey

Coordinator of Research and Outreach, Catt Center / Associate Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication



Dr. Kelly Winfrey served as the coordinator of research and outreach for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics from 2014-2022, and is currently serving as the interim director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Winfrey is an associate professor and director of graduate education with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. She teaches courses in women and leadership, political campaigns, public relations and journalism. She has published eight co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and four book chapters on such topics as gender identification in young voters, the effects of gender in presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns, perceptions of candidate image by debate viewers, online self-presentation strategies of political candidates, campaign coverage of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2008, and the content and effects of presidential campaign television ads. Her book "Understanding How Women Vote: Gender Identity and Political Choices" was published in the fall of 2018 by Praeger/ABC-CILO. Winfrey earned a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas in May 2012, a master’s degree in communication with an emphasis on gender from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in ethnic and gender studies from Emporia State University.