Karly Poyner-Smith

PhD Student

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Karly Poyner-Smith is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis in the Department of Communication and Film. Using a critical cultural lens and mixed methods, she explores political and identity communication within the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion. 


M.A. in Communication and Liberal Arts Studies Ball State University
B.S. in Communication Studies Grace College and Theological Seminary



Poyner-Smith, K. L. “Coats of fire: Rhetorical identity negotiations of feminist evangelical Christians.”  Kaleidoscope (2022): 19 & 20.  

Loebs, P. & Poyner-Smith, K. L. “The Trump card: The virtue and vulnerability of a narrative-based presidency” in Studies of Communication in the 2020 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021). 

Poyner-Smith, K. L. “Voicing a new/uanced classroom.” Ohio Communication Journal (2023): 61. 


Works in Progress

Poyner-Smith, K. L. & Loebs, P. “‘You are not the victim here’: Conspirituality and the framing of evangelical patriarchy as a victim of #ChurchToo disruption.” (in progress). 

Poyner-Smith, K. L. “’Purity culture come at me’: Online strategies of Christians queering purity during the age of COVID-19.” (in progress).