Winkler holds a Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.
She earned a master’s degree in Speech Communication from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in English and Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Research focuses on communication and conflict, with a particular emphasis on presidential foreign policy rhetoric, argumentation and debate, visual communication, and online extremism.
Winkler's book, In the Name of Terrorism (SUNY 2006), won the outstanding book award in political communication from the National Communication Association. She also won the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication Commission’s Award for Excellence in Research for her work on linkages between visual images and ideology. The Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College (2014) published her most recent co-edited volume, Visual Propaganda and Online Extremism. In November of 2019 Routledge published her most recent volume, Networking Argument. In 2019, Dr. Winkler received the Senior Scholar Award for her lifetime contribution to research in the study of argument by the National Communication Association and the American Forensic Association. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and various private foundations have funded her research into various aspects of conflict and its solutions.
Winkler, Carol. In the Name of Terrorism: Presidents on Political Violence in the Post-World War II Era (Albany: SUNY Press, 2006).
Winkler, Carol, Newnam, William, and Birdsell, David. Lines of Argument: An Approach to Debate (New York: Brown and Benchmark, 1993).
Winkler, Carol, Newnam, William, and Birdsell, David. Lines of Argument: An Approach to Policy Debate (New York: Brown and Benchmark, 1993).
Winkler, Carol, Newnam, William, and Birdsell, David. Lines of Argument: An Approach to Value Debate (New York: Brown and Benchmark, 1993).
Winkler, Carol, Rifkind, Larry, Moomaw, Jimmie and Mack, Sennia. Public Speaking: Analysis and Application (Dubuque: Kendall Hunt, 1989). Revised 1990. Reprinted 1993.
Winkler, Carol (ed). Networking Argument (New York: Routledge, 2019).
Winkler, Carol and Dauber, Cori E. (eds). Visual Propaganda and Online Radicalization (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2014).
Riley, Patricia (ed.), Cynthia Willis-Chun, Mark Aakhus, Kevin Baaske, Shawn Batt, Kelly McDonald, Catherine Palczewski, Matthew Taylor, and Carol Winkler (assoc. eds.) Engaging Argument (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 2006), 1-575.
Charles Arthur Willard (ed.), G. Thomas Goodnight, Ronald Greene, Sally Jackson, Scott Jacobs, Julian Long, Gordon Mitchell, & Carol Winkler (assoc. eds.) Critical Problems in Argumentation (Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 2003), 1-805.
Winkler, Carol and David Mark Cheshier (eds). “Special Issue: Re-visioning Argumentation Education for the New Century,” Argumentation and Advocacy, 36 (Winter, 2000): 101-175.
Published Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Winkler, Carol. "Rational Model for Analyzing U.S. Foreign Policy Advocates and Decision Makers: The Newman Legacy." Rhetoric & Public Affairs, vol. 21 no. 4, 2018, p. 683-694. Project MUSE muse.jhu.edu/article/717095.
Winkler, Carol K. and Ayse Deniz Lokmanoglu , "Communicating Terrorism and Counterterrorism,” in The Handbook of Communication and Security ed. Bryan C. Taylor and Hamilton Bean (Abingdon: Routledge, 28 Jun 2019 ).
Winkler, Carol & Pieslak, Jonathan. (2019). Daesh’s Multimodal Strategies of Online Propaganda. 10.1201/9781315170251-18.
Winkler, Carol and Jonathan Pieslak, “Multimodal Visual/Sound Redundancy in ISIS Videos: A Close Analysis of Martyrdom and Training Segments.” Journal of Policy, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 13, 345-360.
Damanhoury, K. E., Winkler, C. K., Dicker, A., & Kaczkowski, W., “Examining the Military Media Nexus in ISIS's Provincial Visual Campaign.” Dynamics in Asymmetric Conflict, (0) 1-20. Available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17467586.2018.1432869
Damanhoury, Kareem and Carol Winkler, “Picturing Law and Order: A Visual Framing Analysis of ISIS’s Dabiq Magazine.” Arab Media & Society, February 15, 2018. Available at https://www.arabmediasociety.com/picturing-law-and-order-a-visual-framing-analysis-of-isiss-dabiq-magazine/
Winkler, Carol K., Kareem El Damanhoury, Aaron Dicker, and Anthony Lemieux, “Images of Death and Dying in ISIS Media: A Comparison of English and Arabic Print Publications.” Media Conflict and War, 2018, Available at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1750635217746200
Winkler, Carol. “Recovering Argument By Dissociation: ISIL, Hyatt Boumeddiene, and the Networked Security State.” In Randall Lake (ed), Recovering Argument (New York: Routledge, 2018, 213-317).&