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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Katie Brunner

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Katie BrunnerInstructor
Acting Director of Forensics

207-A Armstrong Hall
(507) 389-5536
2018 Larry Schnoor Invitational--[PDF] Tournament Invitation (189 KiB)


MFA-Forensics, Minnesota State University, Mankato (2015)
BA, University if Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2009)
Study Abroad, University of Limerick-Ireland (2006, spring)


As the Director of Forensics, I have the unique opportunity to help students practice and perfect the skills we teach in the Communication Studies classroom. Minnesota State Mankato was where I started my journey as a teacher and graduate assistant coach for the Maverick Forensics team and I am so excited to come full circle and re-join this excellent institution! I am particularly interested in examining the cross-over of skills taught in the critical communication classroom and in forensics coaching. I am incredibly passionate about understanding intersections of Christian and LGBTQ+ identity. Outside of work, I love seeing live music/theater, camping/hiking/tubing, and hanging out with my amazing partner Wesley and our one year old daughter, Naomi. 


Performance of Literature, Advanced Public Speaking, Professional Communication & Interviewing, Fundamentals of Human Communication


Rhetoric (particularly theological rhetoric and protest rhetoric); Critical Communication Pedagogy; Forensics Pedagogy; Performance of Identity; Dialogic & Relational Communication; Queer Theory; and Feminist Theory. 

Recent Publications

Walker, J. L., Brunner, K. M. (in press). Getting critical communication pedagogy Accepted: Using a popular culture portrayal of the education system to encourage a critique of the banking system. In Rudick, K. C., Golsan, K., & Cheesewright, K. Teaching from the heart: Critical communication pedagogy in the communication classroom. (Contributor)

Dimock, J. P., Brunner, K. M., McCasland, B., Paris, M. (in press). A critical recovery of images as arguments: Manipulation, distortion, and debating Abortion. Disturbing Arguments: Proceedings from the 19th ALTA Conference on Argumentation. New York, NY: Routledge.

Brunner, K. M. (2015). Myth and the Paris Commune. CTAM Journal, 41.