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Dr. Knopf is a lifelong resident of New York State. She began her education at Finger Lakes Community College in her native city of Canandaigua. She later transferred to SUNY New Paltz to earn a B.A. in public relations and journalism. Dr. Knopf spent some time working as a press photographer, a Web designer, and a technical writer before beginning graduate work at SUNY Albany. While completing an M.A. in political communication and a Ph.D. in cultural sociology, she spent some time working in a central staff office for the New York State Assembly. She taught at SUNY Albany, the College of St. Rose, Genesee Community College, and Monroe Community College before coming to SUNY Potsdam in 2006.
After spending nearly ten years focusing on the intersections of religion and politics and on campaign communication (she traveled to New Hampshire for the Presidential Primaries twice, once as a production assistant for a short educational film about primary campaigns), Dr. Knopf now studies civil-military dialectics. Her work has appeared in two anthologies and has been presented across the United States and in London. Dr. Knopf is also an active member of multiple academic professional associations, and has held positions within the Eastern Communication Association and led seminars at the National Communication Association.
As a professor, she has a sometimes-quirky teaching style; her classes are filled with lectures, costumed appearances, feature films, television shows, documentaries, popular and folk music, board and computer games, role playing activities, open discussions, and questions with no answers. Her students engage in a variety of work, from the commonplace quiz to the less common mock trial; they can be found rapping speeches by Susan B. Anthony, mimicking Stephen Colbert monologues, blogging about gender or politics, debating issues in Town Hall forums, and submitting Tweet-like homework assignments.
Dr. Knopf lives in Colton with a bossy cat. She hikes, has an unhealthy addiction to computer games, loves old sci-fi movies, and drinks a lot of coffee.