• Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.A., Baylor University
  • B.A., Baylor University


  • Fundamentals of Human Communication
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Communication Theory
  • Organizational Communication

Research Interests

  • Intersections of gender, identity and work


Katherine Hampsten, Ph.D, is a professor of communication studies. During her time at St. Mary’s, she has served in multiple capacities, including Assistant Department Chair, Graduate Program Director, Academic Assessment Coordinator and Assistant Dean. Hampsten’s scholarship and teaching focus on intersections of communication, gender and work.

She has presented dozens of conference papers at national and regional conferences, including those receiving top paper and panel recognition from the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association. In 2016, the St. Mary’s Alumni Association awarded her the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Currently, Hampsten is preparing a textbook (forthcoming 2023) titled Communicating Online: Theories and Applications.


Selected Refereed Journal Articles

Hampsten, K. (2021). Embracing discomfort and resisting a return to the ‘good old days’. Communication Education (70)2, 208-210.

Hampsten, K. (2015). Challenges in working with portraiture. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43(4), 468-471.

Selected Refereed Book Chapters

Hampsten, K. (Forthcoming). “Good” mothering and the question of migrant mothers at the border. In Renegar, V. & Cole, K. (Editors), Beyond Biology: Rhetorics of Motherhood in the 21st Century. Under contract with Routledge Press.

Hampsten, K. & Hill, A. (2021). Networked family spirit: Paradox and tension in moving a small university online. In Valenzano, J. (Editor), Post-Pandemic Pedagogy: A Paradigm Shift. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hampsten, K. (2019). Revisiting representations of Sarah Palin as the ideal
working mother. In Montalbano, L. L. (Editor), Gender, Sexuality and Race in American Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hampsten, K. (2018). Millennials and the structuration of work and life. In Ashlock, M. Z. & Ahmet, A. (Editors), Examining Millennials Reshaping Organizational Cultures. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hampsten, K. (2017). Code list/Codebook. In Matthes, J. (Ed.), The International
Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods
. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Hampsten, K. (2017). Who gets the office? Creating conscious approaches to conflict. In Seiter, J. S., Peeples, J., & Sanders, M.L. (Eds.), Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Hatfield, E. & Hampsten, K. (2016). Tracing the Daddy Wars: The emergence of dad
culture and the prioritization of work – life balance. In Hatfield, E. F. (Editor), Communication and the Work-life Balancing Act: Intersections Across Identities, Genders, and Cultures. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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