Em Kohl

Em Kohl

Em Kohl

Graduate Research Assistant

Climate and Intercultural Communication, Queer Theory, Media Studies, Risk Communication

Em (she/they) is a second-year Ph.D student in the Department of Communication Studies and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. They earned a B.A. in English and M.A. in Communication and Advocacy from James Madison University, focusing their research on the intersections of cultural and media studies, queer theory, and climate change communication. In 2020, their co-authored paper “#Me Too on the Menu: Addressing Toxic Kitchen Culture” won the Food Studies International Award for Excellence. Prior to Mason, they were an Adjunct Instructor at James Madison University and full-time Instructor of Communication Studies at Bridgewater College, serving as an undergraduate academic advisor, Communication Club faculty advisor, and student mentor. 

Selected Publications

Kohl, E., Alison Fisher Bodkin, Toni Whitfield, and Olivia Stevens. (2020). #MeToo on the menu: Addressing toxic kitchen culture. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 10(2): 19-30. https://doi.org/10.18848/2160-1933/CGP/v10i02/19-30


Grants and Fellowships

Institute for a Sustainable Earth Summer Fellow, Summer 2023


B.A. English (2016) - James Madison University

M.A. Communication and Advocacy (2019) - James Madison University