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Kristina Wilma Frances Bell

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Kristina Bell has been a part-time student in the CRDM program since 2011 and is currently ABD. She is a full-time instructor at High Point University and teaches courses in digital media production and studies within the School of Communication. Her research typically uses critical and interpretive methods to explore issues pertaining to intersectionality in digital media and pop culture. She is particularly passionate about projects that give voice to groups of people muted by various media industries. 

Her dissertation, titled “Growing up in a world like this”: Interpretations and performances of intersectional parenthood in The Walking Dead, is a multi-layered qualitative examination of the communicative practices created, maintained, and co-constructed within and through Telltale’s The Walking Dead (2012), a graphic adventure game with a compelling choice-based narrative and non-stereotypical characters that transform in response to the player’s difficult, often ethically ambiguous choices. This examination involves post-structuralist feminist and intersectionalist analyses of gameplay through gameplay, the online subculture surrounding the game, the narrative, aesthetic, and mechanics found within the game, and the culture surrounding the larger gaming industry. 


Bell, K., Taylor, N., & Kampe, C. (2015). Of headshots and hugs: Challenging hypermasculinity through The Walking Dead play. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.

Taylor, N., Kampe, C., Bell, K. (2015). Me and Lee: Identification and the Play of Attraction in The Walking Dead. Game Studies.


Bell, K. (2017, April). In search of a safe zone: An exploration of the online paratextual practices surrounding Telltale’s The Walking Dead series. Southern States, Greenville, SC. 

Bell, K. (2017, March). Crafting, Creating, and Digital Environments in the Women’s and Gender Studies Classroom. Southeastern Women Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bell, K. (2016, October). Digital mediations: Using digital tools to moderate discussions of GamerGate. In panel: Expanding students’ horizons: Pedagogical strategies that impact student learning inside & outside the classroom. Florida Communication Association. Orlando, FL. 

Bell K., Taylor, N., & Kampe, C. (2015, June). “Clementine will remember that”: An exploration of fatherhood in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism. Dublin, Ireland. 

Stein, S., & Bell, K. (2015, April). Burying the lead: 22 Years of newspaper coverage on military sexual violence. What is Journalism? Conference. University of Oregon, Portland, OR. 

Kampe, C., & Bell, K. (2014, November). Me and Lee: Identification and the play of attraction in The Walking Dead. National Communication Association. Chicago, IL. 2014. Top Faculty Paper Award in Ethnography Division.

Stein, S., & Bell, K. (2014, October). Rape in the US Military: Media coverage from the Tailhook scandal to the Invisible War.  Duke-UNC Gender War and Culture Series. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. Invited talk.

Stein, S., Bell, K., & Hurley, R. (2014, May). News coverage of sexual assault and rape in the US Military: From Tailhook to The Invisible War. International Communication Association. Seattle, WA.

Johnson-Young, E., & Bell, K. (2014, May). #rape, #slut, #whore: A Mixed methods approach to examining hypermasculine hostile digital environments. Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference. Blacksburg, Virgina, Virginia Tech.

Kampe, C., Taylor, N., & Bell, K. (2014, May). “Performing the inhuman”: Playing The Walking Dead. Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference. Blacksburg, Virgina, Virginia Tech. 

Bell, K., Taylor, N., & Kampe, C. (2014, April). Masculinity, Morality, and Mortality in The Walking Dead. In panel:Monstrous moms, undead dads, and bossy boyfriends: Gender, gaming, and the ties that bind. Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism. Columbia, MO. 

Stein, S., & Bell, K. (2014, March). News coverage  of sexual assault and rape in the US Military: From Tailhook to The Invisible War. Gender and Conflict Workshop. High Point, NC.