Kelly Winfrey

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



Dr. Kelly Winfrey serves as the coordinator of research and outreach for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. She is an associate professor with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and faculty member with the Leadership Studies Program. Winfrey teaches courses in women and leadership, political campaigns, public relations and journalism. She oversees such research and outreach programs as the Archives of Women’s Political Communication, Women in Iowa Politics Database, Gender Balance Project and Ready to Run® Iowa: Campaign Training for Women as part of her appointment with the Catt Center. Her academic home is the Greenlee School. Winfrey 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.