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Dr. Ioana A. Cionea

Ioana A. Cionea

Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2013


Office Phone: 405-325-3018
Office: Burton Hall, Room 130
Office Hours:  on Zoom by appointment




Spring 2021 Courses

  • COMM 2003 Non-Western Culture
  • COMM 3543 Conflict Management

Academic Interests

My primary research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and quantitative research methods. More specifically, I study how individuals argue in their interpersonal relationships and the effects culture or ethnicity have on this process. For example, I have examined various aspects connected to serial arguments (i.e., repetitive episodes with the same person, about the same topic, that have occurred at least twice), such as goals, topics, or the influence of ethnicity on how these arguments unfold. I have also worked on developing a new measure of arguing goals and refining models that explain how people decide to engage in arguments and what dialogic strategies they use when arguing.

Regardless of the topic, my approach is mainly rooted in the social science perspective. I usually employ quantitative models to explain arguing behaviors, although I have relied on qualitative methods where needed, too. I am also interested in measurement issues, such as the psychometric assessment of instruments, and techniques of modeling communication behavior, such as structural equation modeling.

Representative Publications

Cionea, I. A., Piercy, C. W., Bostwick, E. N., & Wilson Mumpower, S. (2019). Argumentative competence in friend and stranger dyadic exchanges. Argumentation, 33, 465-487. doi:10.1007/s10503-019-09487-x

Johnson, A. J., Bostwick, E. N., & Cionea, I. A. (2019). Talking turkey: Effects of family discussions about the 2016 election over the Thanksgiving holiday. Journal of Family Communication, 19, 63-76. doi:10.1080/15267431.2018.1543688

Cionea, I. A., Johnson, A. J., & Bostwick, E. N. (2019). Argument interdependence and its effects on serial argument goals and tactics in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 1975-1995. doi:10.1177/0265407518774933

Cionea, I. A., Van Gilder, B., Hoelscher, C. S., & Anagondahalli, D. (2019). A cross-cultural comparison of expectations in romantic relationships: India and the United States. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 12, 289-307. doi:10.1080/17513057.2018.1542019

Cionea, I. A., Wilson-Mumpower, S. V., & Bassick, M. (2019). Serial argument goals, tactics, and outcomes in long distance and geographically close romantic relationships. Southern Communication Journal, 84, 1-16. doi:10.1080/1041794X. 2018.1531915

Cionea, I. A., Piercy, C. W., & Carpenter, C. J. (2017). A profile of arguing behaviors on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 438-449doi:10.​1016/​j.​chb.​2017.​08.​009

Guo, Y., & Cionea, I. A. (2017). “Do it this way, not that way:” An exploration of Chinese workplace conflicts. International Journal of Conflict Management, 28(2), 202-221. doi: 10.1108/IJCMA-10-2015-0073 

Cionea, I. A., Hoelscher, C. S., & Iles, I. A. (2017). Arguing goals: An initial assessment of a new measurement instrument. Communication Reports, 30, 51-65. doi:10.1080/08934215.2016.1184695

Cionea, I. A., Van Gilder, B., & Bruscella, J. S. (2017). Modeling serial argument goal, tactics, and their effects on arguers’ satisfaction in the case of three ethnic groups in the United States. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 46, 74-95. doi:10.1080/17475759.2016.1254669

Johnson, A. J., & Cionea, I. A. (2016). Serial arguments in interpersonal relationships: Relational dynamics and interdependence. In J. Samp (Ed.), Communicating interpersonal conflict in close relationships (pp. 111-127). New York, NY: Routledge.

Cionea, I. A. & Hample, D. (2015). Serial argument topics. Argumentation and Advocacy, Special Issue: 30 Years of Research, 52, 75-88.

Cionea, I. A., Hopârtean, A.-M., Hoelscher, C. S., Iles, I. A., & Straub, S. K. (2015). A content analysis of arguing behaviors: A case study of Romania as compared to the United States. Argumentation and Advocacy, 51, 255-272.

Richards, A. S., & Cionea, I. A. (2015). Extending the argument engagement model: Expected utility and interacting traits as predictors of the intent to argue with friends. Journal of Argumentation in Context, 4, 110-133.