Office Hours, Fall 2015

  • M 2:30-4:30 pm
  • W 8:30-9:30 am
  • & by appointment

Meredith Marko Harrigan

Associate Professor


Blake B 120
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Meredith M. Harrigan

Meredith Marko Harrigan has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2006.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006

Research Interests

Dr. Harrigan’s research centers on the intersection of communication, culture, family, and identity, with the goal of understanding how members of discourse-dependent families communicatively construct and negotiate personal and relational identities.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Harrigan, M. M., & Miller-Ott, A. (in press) The multivocality of meaning making: An exploration of the discourses college aged daughters voice in talk about their mothers. Journal of Family Communication.
  • Harrigan, M. M. (2010). Exploring the narrative process: An analysis of the adoption stories mothers tell their internationally adopted children. Journal of Family Communication, 10, 24-39.
  • Harrigan, M. M., & Braithwaite, D. O. (2010). Discursive struggles in families formed through visible adoption: An exploration of dialectical unity. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 127-144.
  • Soliz, J., Ribarsky, E., Harrigan, M. M., & Tye-Williams, S. (2010). Family communication with gay and lesbian family members: Implications for relational satisfaction and outgroup attitudes. Communication Quarterly, 58, 77-95.
  • Harrigan, M. M. (2009). The contradictions of identity-work for parents of visibly adopted children. Journal of Social and Personal Relationship, 26, 634-658.
  • Schrodt, P., Braithwaite, D. O., Soliz, J., Tye-Williams, S., Miller, A., Norman, E. L., & Harrigan, M. M. (2007). An examination of everyday talk in stepfamily systems. Western Journal of Communication, 71, 216-234.
  • Suter, E. A., Lamb, E. N., Marko, M., & Tye-Williams, S. (2006). Female veteran’s identity construction, maintenance, and reproduction, Women and Language, 29, 10-15.

    Awards and Honors

    Teaching Honors and Awards
    • Honoring Geneseo Teachers Inductee Awarded by the Teaching and Learning Center at SUNY Geneseo (2009)
    • Cooper Award Recipient Awarded by the Central States Communication Association (2006)
    • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Recipient Awarded by Syracuse University (1999)
    • Research Honors and Awards
    • Top Papers in Interpersonal Communication Panelist Eastern Communication Association (2012, 2009, 2006)
    • Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association (Fall, 2008)
    • Warren F. and Edith R. Day Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, Awarded by Graduate Studies University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2006)
    • Research Grant Recipient, Awarded by the Center for Great Plains Studies University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004)


  • National Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association
Fall 2016 Classes

COMN 103:
S/Intr to Interpersonal Commun

    This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about communication theory and practice. It creates an awareness of the role communication plays in our interpersonal relationships. St
    udents will be introduced to basic models, definitions, and approaches to interpersonal communication. Some areas presented include perception, self-concept, self-disclosure, conflict, verbal and nonverbal communication, and ways for improving communication competence.
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COMN 211:
Discussion & Group Dynamics

    This course provides students with theoretical knowledge of small group interaction and decision-making and the opportunity to practice skills that can be applied in small group situations. Group acti
    vities and projects promote experimental learning in topic areas such as leadership, cohesion, commitment, deviance, conformity, decision-making, and task functions. Critical evaluation of group processes occurs throughout the semester. Offered every year
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COMN 345:
Theories of Interpersonal Comm

    This course explores theories that attempt to explain person to person interactions. Individual and dyadic variables affecting the development, maintenance, and dissolution of different types of relat
    ionships will be addressed. Topic areas, such as attributions, social exchange and equity, attraction, intimacy/affiliation and power/dominance, will be discussed in terms of current research findings. Prerequisites: COMN 103 or permission of instructor. Offered every fall
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