Meredith HarriganProfessor of Communication
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 2019
Dr. Harrigan is on sabbatical for the fall 2019 semester. To schedule a time to speak with Dr.Harrigan,
please call the department secretary, Noreen Mazurowski at: (585) 245-5228.
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006
M.S., Syracuse University , 1999
B.A., Bloomsburg University, 1997
National Communication Association
Eastern Communication Association
Alford, A. M., & Harrigan, M. M. (2019). Role expectations and role evaluations in daughtering: Constructing the good daughter. Journal of Family Communication. doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2019.1643352
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.
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. Offered every year
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. Prerequisites: COMN 103 or permission of instructor. Offered every fall
COMN 349: AdIss-Pers&ProfCom:Family Comm
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. May be taken more than one time but only under different subtitles. Prerequisites: Completion of all Required Courses in the Personal and Professional Communication track (i.e., COMN 102, COMN 103, COMN 160, COMN 248) or permission of the instructor. Offered every year