Dr. Melissa Alemán earned her B.S. in Speech and Professional Communication from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.

 Informed by dialectical theorizing and ethnographic approaches to communication studies, her research program examines communication in and about aging families and has included explorations of communication in long-term marriages, accounts of custodial grandparents, online discourses of romance among aging women, and family narratives of dementia. 

 Dr. Alemán also collaborates with students in the Women’s Studies program on research and outreach exploring the communication and relational experiences of women on college campuses. Her scholarship has been published in a variety of outlets including theJournal of Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Qualitative Communication Research Reports, and the Journal of Family Communication.

 Dr. Alemán teaches a wide range of courses in the Interpersonal and Cultural Communication Studies concentrations including advanced courses in qualitative and rhetorical methodologies, family and interpersonal communication, ethnographic approaches to communication, gender and communication, and feminist rhetoric.

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