Kimberly Kline, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication

Kimberly Kline, Ph.D.


Dr. Kim Kline received her B.A. from Kennesaw State University, her M.O.C. from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

She uses traditional and contemporary communication theory and method from rhetoric, mass media, cultural studies, psychology, and sociology to explore the social management of health issues. Her empirical research employs both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to address topics such as health and illness representations in popular media (i.e., entertainment, journalistic, advertising), socially constructed understandings associated with pregnancy/childbirth and intersex, and the cultural sensitivity for African-American audiences and persuasive potential of breast cancer early detection interventions. She collaborates with public health professionals to develop and implement diabetes and HPV vaccine health education interventions for Hispanic audiences.

Her research can be found in such journals as Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Social Science and Medicine, The Journal of Adolescent Health, Patient Preference and Adherence, Women & Languageand in edited volumes including Communication Yearbook,The Handbook of Health Communication, Evaluating Women’s Health Messages, and Constructing Our Health: The Implications of Narrative for Enacting Illness and Wellness.


  • Rhetorical Communication Analysis
  • Theory and Practice of Social Interaction-Health Communication
  • Conduct of Communication Inquiry
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Interpretive/Critical Methodologies
  • Critical Studies in Health Communication

Research Interests

  • Health Communication
  • Health Campaigns
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Popular Media


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1996)
  • M.O.C., Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (1992)
  • B.S., Kennesaw State College, Kennesaw, GA (1989)

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials


  • Kline, K. N. (in press). Critical Analysis of Popular Media. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage.
  • Eberth, J., Kline, K. N., Moskowitz, D., Scheurer, M., Montealegre, J. (in press). The role of media and the Internet on vaccine adverse event reporting: a case study of HPV vaccination. Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Nicholas, C.L. and Kline, K.N. (2010). Cerita Pontianak: A ghost story as a narrative which makes sense of cultural paradigmatic contradictions and patriarchal hegemony in Malaysia. Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, 6, 194-211. Kline, K. N. (2010). Poking fun at midwifery on prime-time television: The rhetorical implications of burlesque frames in humorous shows. Women and Language, 33, 53-71.