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Meredith Harrigan

Professor of Communication
Blake B 120

Meredith Marko Harrigan has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2006. She is the recipient of the 2015-2016 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Office Hours Fall 2021

In person in Blake B 120 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Via Zoom on Mondays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Curriculum Vitae


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

  • M.S., Syracuse University , 1999

  • B.A., Bloomsburg University, 1997


  • National Communication Association

  • Eastern Communication Association


  • Harrigan, M. M., Benz, I., Hauck, C., LaRocca, E., Renders R., & Roney, S. (2021): The dialectical experience of the fear of missing out for U.S. American iGen emerging adult college students, Journal of Applied Communication Research,
    doi: 10.1080/00909882.2021.1898656

  • Alford, A. M., & Harrigan, M. M. (2019). Role expectations and role evaluations in daughtering: Constructing the good daughter. Journal of Family Communication.

  • Harrigan, M. M., Hosek, A., & Yang, S. (2019). Daughters’ discursive constructions of working mothers. Constructing motherhood and daughterhood: Communicating across generations.

  • Meadows, M., & Harrigan, M. M. (2019) Virtual and non-virtual disclosure patterns between long- distant mothers and emerging adult daughters. Constructing motherhood and daughterhood: Communicating across generations

  • Harrigan, M. M., Priore, A., Wagner, E., & Palka, K. (2017). Preventing face loss in donor-assisted families. Journal of Family Communication 17:3,273-287, doi:10.1080/15267431.2017.1322971

  • Harrigan, M. M. (2017). Sperm donor. Entry in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender

  • Harrigan, M. M., & Bergelson, M. (2015). Bringing theory to practice: Developing facework competence in intercultural collaborations. In A. S. Moore and S. Simon (Eds.), Globally networked teaching in the humanities. Routledge.

  • Harrigan, M. M., Dieter, S. Leinwohl, J., & Martin, L. (2015). “It’s just who I am… I have brown hair. I have a mysterious father”: An exploration of donor-conceived offspring’s identity construction. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 75-93.

  • Harrigan, M.M., Dieter, S., Leinwohl, J., & Martin, L. (2014). Redefining family: An analysis of adult donor-conceived offspring’s discursive meaning-making. Iowa Journal of Communication, 46, 16-32.

  • Harrigan, M. M., & Miller-Ott, A. (2013). 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. (2012). Instructor’s manual for Your interpersonal communication by Mottet, T. P., Vogl-Bauer, S., & Houser, M. L. (2012). New York, NY: Pearson.

  • 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.

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.


  • 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 activities 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.

  • 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 relationships 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.

  • COMN 349: AdvIsPersonal&ProfComm:Fam Com

    This course focuses on a topic or related group of topics relevant to personal and professional communication. Personal and professional communication research will be applied and discussed. The course integrates both theories and practical applications.