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Dr. Christine E. Kunkle (formerly known as Rittenour)

Professor; Facilitator, WVU ADVANCE Team

Curriculum Vitae
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Areas of Study:

Family Communication
Intergroup Communication
Communication and Aging

Research Interests:

Communicated prejudice
Social justice
Family socialization
In-law relationships
Gender and feminism 

Dr. Kunkle researches families and prejudice. She is fascinated by humans' differential (mis)treatment of those dubbed as different, and she asserts that family is a primary site for experiencing and teaching "difference." Some of her work addresses within-family differences based in social (e.g., ethnicity, age), structural (e.g., in-law relationships), and value-based identities (e.g., feminism, generativity), as she reveals how these differences coincide with the unity and happiness that family members feel for each other. Some of her work addresses communication about difference, including that which happens within the family, then "spilling' into family members' treatment of those outside of the family. Dr. Kunkle also works with the ADVANCE team to facilitate prosocial change at the institutional level. 


B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., West Virginia University 
Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln