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Jennifer Guthrie

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

Expertise: Communication in Relationships, Gender-Based Violence , Conflict Resolution, Communication in Groups and Teams


Jennifer Guthrie is an assistant professor in the department of communication studies. She teaches courses and conducts research in the areas of interpersonal and small group communication. Her research focuses on the dark side of interpersonal relationships, how we cope during times of struggle, and how we use our strengths to obtain relational health and positive social change. Her research examines gender-based violence (domestic violence & sexual assault) prevention and intervention, conflict resolution, social support, and deception.

Guthrie’s research has been published in Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Women & Language, and Western Journal of Communication.  She has served as a volunteer advocate for survivors of domestic violence, and she has also facilitated a domestic violence-based support group in an addiction treatment center. She also worked to help a domestic violence center, a rape crisis center, and an addiction treatment center bridge their services to foster a more holistic approach to achieving safety, health, and wellness in the community.

Guthrie also provides conflict resolution workshops for student groups and organizations.


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas

Jennifer Guthrie In The News

Feb 13, 2017

The words “true love” often conjure up images of romantic scenes in Hollywood movies, but a California-based neurologist argues long-lasting love is a multilayered process and that falling out of love is a normal part of it.

Feb 13, 2017

Romance is in the air, where the wireless signal travels on the 2.4-gigahertz UHF radio band, where OKCupid algorithmically hunts, where virtual sex sort of happens, where love is both as clunky and apparitional in the post-reality era as truth. The cynics among us once rolled our eyes at the commercialization of love in the Valentine’s Day aisle of Walgreens. Today, the expression reaches beyond scheduled chocolates and roses and bounces through satisfying/not satisfying interweb encounters that leave us wondering what is real. Alexa, what is romance? Tinder, is this love? Facebook, should I change my relationship status?

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