Office Hours, SPRING 2014

  • M 10:30 am-12:30 pm

  • W 10:00-11:00 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
My Classes

COMN 248:
Perspectives-Organizatnl Comm

    This is a survey course of theoretical approaches to communication behavior in organizations. The basic foundations of organizational communication theory, methods, and practices are introduced and related to organizational life. The course addresses the problems and paradoxes of organizational communication and the changing features of organizational life. Case studies will highlight practical applications of the theories to organizational experiences. Offered every year

COMN 349:
Adv Issues-Personal &ProfComm:

    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 Professioinal Communication track (i.e., COMN 102, COMN 103, COMN 160, COMN 248) or permission of the instructor. Offered every year

HONR 203:
S/Honors Sem in Social Sci:

    This seminar offers an introduction to a topic or set of topics of social relevance as addressed by the social sciences. Typical subtitles might be: Nature versus Nurture, Intepreting the Bell Curve, or The Trap of Poverty. As a core course, it should engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. May be repeated more than once only with permission from director of the Honors Program. Prerequisites: HONR 202 or permission of program director. Offered once per year