Biographical Statement

My teaching and research investigate relational and cultural identity in mediated contexts through rhetorical and critical methodologies. I am interested in the ways representations and discourses of marginalized and anomalous bodies, identities, relationships, and communities construct and disrupt perceptions, norms, and ways of knowing. Overall, my teaching and research lead me to explore how communication in various contexts restricts and promotes a multiplicity of lived experiences.


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2013
  • M.A., Colorado State University, 2009
  • B.A., San Diego State University, 2007

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Denison University (20013–2016)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of New Mexico (2010–2013)
  • Graduate Academic Advisor, University of New Mexico (2009-2010)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University (2007–2009)

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking
  • Race and Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Conflict and Communication
  • Language, Culture, and Communication
  • Gender and Communication
  • Political Communication
  • Communication Criticism


  • Cole, K. L. (2016). Transcending Hogwarts: Pedagogical practices engendering discourses of aggression and bullying in Harry Potter. In C. Bell (Ed.), Wizards vs. muggles: Essays on Identity and the Harry Potter Universe (pp. 149-167). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • Cole, K. L. (2014). Pornography, censorship, and public Sex: Exploring feminist perspectives of (public) pornography through the case of Pornotopia. Porn Studies, 1(3), 243-257. 
  • Littlejohn, S. W., & Cole, K. L. (2013). Moral conflict and transcendent communication. In J. Oetzel & S. Ting-Toomey (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of conflict communication: Integrating theory, research, and practice (2nd ed., pp. 585-608). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 
  • Cole, K. L. (2014). Moral conflict. Key concepts in intercultural dialogue, 33. Available from: