Interpersonal Communication, Relational Maintenance, and Conflict Management
Andy Merolla studies how people maintain their personal relationships and overcome relational challenges through communication. Andy’s research examines topics such as conflict management, interpersonal forgiveness, long-distance relational maintenance, and individuals’ experiences following natural disasters. His most recent research explores the role of communication in constructing hope, and the important role that hope plays in managing difficult situations in romantic and family relationships. Andy’s research can be found in journals, such as Communication Research, Communication Theory, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Personal Relationships. He has also been quoted in articles appearing in various media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, FiveThirtyEight.com, Self Magazine, and Yahoo Health.
Andy has received multiple top paper and research awards, including the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award from the National Communication Association and the Garrison Top Applied Interpersonal Paper Award from the International Communication Association. He has also served on numerous journal editorial boards.
Andy is also passionate about teaching. In 2014, he was recognized as an Ohio Magazine “Excellence in Education” Honoree. At UCSB, Andy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conflict management, interpersonal communication, and nonverbal communication.
Education: Ph.D., School of Communication, The Ohio State University; M.A., Communication Studies, West Virginia University; B.A. Speech Communication, Baldwin Wallace University