Visual Communication Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Top Scholar Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2020 James Alexander McVey and Dustin A. Greenwalt, "Get Gritty With It: Memetic Icons and the Visual Ethos of Antifascism" 
2019 Sara Erlichman, Penn State University, "BROTUS Memes: A Presidential Bromance"
2019 Sara Kitsch, Monmouth College, "The Contained Citizen: First Ladies, Public Memory, and the Rhetoric of Visual Containment"
2018 Roger Stahl, "Seeing through "American Sniper"
2017 Eli Mangold and Charles Goehring, "Toward a Theorization of the Rhetorical Possibilities of Aerial Images"
2016 Tracy Worrell and Kelly Norris Martin, "Investigating reliable measures of visual proficiency and basic design principles"
2015 Garnet C. Butchart, “Meditation on the Semiotic Phenomenology of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography”
2015 Stephanie H. Grey, “’Food Will Win the War’: Constitutive Affects of Abundance in WWI Food Propaganda”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2020 Daniel James DeVinney, "The Changing Face of America: Post-Racial Visual Logics in the National Geographic"
2020 Kelly Williams, “'How Real, How Immediate, How Profoundly Truthful': Prosthetic Memory of World War I in They Shall Not Grow Old"
2019 Tyler Rife, "EnHance-ing"
2019 Margaret T. Hance Park, "(In)visibilizing Phoenix's Homeless Body"
2018 Benjamin Firgens, "The Circulation of Destruction from 1939 to 1941 and the Failure of the American Imagination Benjamin Firgens"
2017 Benjamin Firgens, "Mediting Nature: Aldo Leopold's Ethics of Astonishment"
2016 Norma Musih, "Bridging memories: Imagining citizenship in Israel/Palestine"
2015 Christopher Gilbert, “A Prolegomenon to a Twenty-First Century Anamorphic Rhetoric”
2015 Patricia England, “’You Saw Me before I was Born’: Feminists for Life’s college Outreach Program and Women’s (In)Visibility in the Pro-Life Movement”

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Year Award Winner
2020 Julianna Kirschner, “(Un)Social Media: A Content Analysis of the Centralized Self on Twitter.” Ph.D. Diss., Claremont Graduate University, 2020.
2019 Janna Soeder, University of Maryland, Vanishing Images?: Mediations of Native Americans in the Tradition of the Western
2016 Sandra Ristovska, "Human Rights Through the Lens: A Study of the Institutionalization and Professionalization of Video Activism"
2015 Caitlin Bruce, “Transitional Art, Transnational Murmurs: Post-Revolutionary Urban Street Art”

Outstanding Essay Award

Year Award Winner
2019 Casey Ryan Kelly, "Emasculating Trump: Incredulity, Homophobia, and the Spectacle of White Masculinity"
2015 Claire Cisco King, “’A Single Man and a Tragic Woman: Gender Politics and the Fag Hag’ in Feminist Media Studies”

Outstanding Book Award

Year Award Winner
2019 Kevin Hamilton & Ned O'Gorman, Lookout America!: The Secret Hollywood Studio at the Heart of the Cold War (University of Chicago Press, 2019)
2015 Sharia Fahmy, Mary Angela Bock, and Wayne Wanta, Visual Communication Theory and Research: A Mass Communication Perspective (PALGRAVE MACMILLIAN, 2014)

 Diane Hope Book of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Kathleen M. Ryan, Pin Up! The Subculture (Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers; New edition, 2020).
2020 T. J. Thomson, To See and be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images. (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019).
2018 Leslie A. Hahner, To Become an American: Immigrants and Americanization Campaigns of the Early Twentieth Century (Michigan State University Press, 2017)
2017 Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites, The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
2016 Casey Ryan Kelly, Abstinence Cinema: Virginity and the Rhetoric of Sexual Purity in Contemporary Film (Rutgers University Press, 2016)

Janis Edwards Article of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Susan Keith & Leslie-Jean Thornton "Night and Day: A Visual Diptych of Hate and Horror in Charlottesville"
2020 Caitlin Frances Bruce, “River of Words as Space for Encounter: Contested Meaning in Rhetorical Convergence Zones,” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 105, no. 4 (2019): 441-464.
2018 Elinor Light, "Aesthetic Ruptures: Viewing Graffitti as the Emplaed Verncaular" Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 15:2, 179-195.
2017 Damien Smith Pfister and Carly S. Woods, "The Unnaturalistic Enthymeme: Figuration, Interpretation, and Critique after Digital Mediation" Argumentation and Advocacy, 52:4, 236-253
2016 Elizabeth Kaszynski