Sarah Kornfield, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication
On Faculty since 2013

Office: BGC 284
Phone: (630)752-5257


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

M.A., Texas A&M University

B.A., Wheaton College

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking (COMM 101)
  • Messages, Influence, & Culture (COMM 253)
  • Communication Criticism (COMM 312)

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)


  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Women’s Studies Television Criticism

Recent Publications and Presentations

Select Publications

Kornfield, Sarah. “The E-man-ci-pation of Jeannie: Feminist Doppelgangers on U.S. Television.” Communication, Culture, and Critique 5.3 (2012): 445-462.

Ramasubramanian, Srividya and Sarah Kornfield. “Japanese Anime Heroines as Role Models for U.S. Youth: Implications for Cross-Cultural Entertainment Effects.” Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 5.3 (2012): 189-207.

Kornfield, Sarah. “Cross-Cultural Cross-Dressing: Japanese Graphic Novels Perform Gender in U.S.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 28.3 (2011): 213-229.

Select Conference Presentations

Kornfield, Sarah. “Pregnant Detectives: Mothers, Femininity and Crimes on U.S. Prime Time.” National Communication Association: Orlando, FL, 2012.

Kornfield, Sarah. “Cads and Crimes.” National Women’s Studies Association: Oakland, CA, 2012.

Kornfield, Sarah. “Equal Partners, Equal Genders?: Postfeminist Relationships in Television’s Detective Agencies.” Console-ing Passions: Boston, MA, 2012.

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