Anna Laura Jansma


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Theory, Conflict Management, Gender, Internship Experience, Intentional Communities, Peace


B.A., 1990, University of Maryland; Business Management

M.A., 1993, University of California, Santa Barbara; Communication

Ph.D. 1997, University of California, Santa Barbara; Communication


As a lecturer in the Department of Communication since 1996, "Dr. J." teaches a variety of undergraduate courses. She is one of the first faculty members who students meet -- in her introductory theory class -- and may be one of the last they see -- as interns transitioning from academe into the workplace. Her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication are from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her B.A. in Business Management/Operations Research was earned at the University of Maryland.

Community members know Jansma as a liaison and consultant who unites peace and community enthusiasts from a multitude of orientations. Her interests in peace-building communication, intentional community, and gender also guide Jansma's teaching style and research focus at UCSB.

Known for lively discussions and applied approaches to theoretical concepts of study, Jansma's courses most frequently include: Introduction to Communication Theory (Comm 89), Communication & Conflict (Comm 121), Communication Internship (Comm 191), Communication & Gender (Comm 126), Advanced Communication Theory (Comm 172) and Communication & Peace (Comm 160P).

As an organizational and personal consultant, Jansma translates fundamentals of communication theory and research and customizes them into practical communication skills for her clients. She designs and conducts workshops and needs assessments, facilitates discussions, and provides one-on-one coaching for those looking to align their actions with a higher purpose.


Peace-building communication: Tying together lay and social science concepts: skills, theories, principles, practices. Testing their effectiveness. Creating new forms of communicating peace.

Communicative practices in intentional communities: especially those that sustain intention and contribute to longevity, such as rites and rituals practiced by cooperative housing, communes, religious societies, organizations, including group property ownership, consensus decision-making and structured work routines, singing, meditation, separation from non-communal others.

Gender issues as they relate to community and peace-building efforts.


Daley, R., Giles, H., & Jansma, L. L. (2005). Language attitudes in an Anglo-Hispanic context: the role of the linguistic landscape. Language and Communication 25, 27-38.

Mulac, A., Jansma, L. L., & Linz, D. (2004). Degradation matters: Behavioral effects of men’s interaction with women after exposure to degrading pornography. Communication Monographs.

Jansma, L. L. (2000). Sexual harassment research: Review, reformulation, and implications for mitigation efforts. Communication Yearbook 23 (pp. 162-225). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Jansma, L. L., Linz, D., Mulac, A., & Imrich, D. J. (1997). Men’s interactions with women after viewing sexually explicit films: Does degradation matter? Communication Monographs, 64, 1-24.

Jansma, L. L., & Boggs, C. (1999). Review of Benokraitis, N. (1997), Subtle Sexism, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. In Journal of Language and Social Psychology.