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Dr. Ioana A. Cionea

Ioana A. Cionea

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


Office Phone: 405-325-9503
Office: Burton Hall, Room 102C
Office Hours:  By appointment




Spring 2024 Courses

  • COMM 5253 - Cross-Cultural Communication

Academic Interests

My primary research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and quantitative research methods. I study how individuals argue and/or engage in conflict in their interpersonal relationships and the effects culture or ethnicity have on these processes. 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). I have also worked on developing a new measure of arguing goals, refining models that explain how people decide to engage in arguments, and what dialogic strategies they use when arguing. In addition, I am interested in how individuals engage in arguments or conflicts with others on social networking sites, having published a few studies about such interactions on Facebook or Twitter.

My approach to research 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

Machette, A. T., & Cionea, I. A. (2023). In-laws, communication, and other frustrations: The challenges of intercultural marriages. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 17(1), 1-18.

Massey, Z. B., & Cionea, I. A. (2023). A new scale for measuring identity insecurity. Communication Methods and Measures, 17(1), 40-58.

Cionea, I. A., Gilmore, B. N., *Machette, A. T., & Kavya, P. (2023). How students respond to critical instructor feedback: Effects on perceptions of instructor credibility and student affect, efficacy, and self-esteem. Western Journal of Communication, 87(4), 578-600.

Johnson, A. J., & Cionea, I. A. (2020). An exploratory mixed-method analysis of interpersonal arguments on Twitter. In J. Rosenbaum-Andre & G. Bouvier (Eds.), Twitter, the public sphere and the chaos of online deliberation (pp. 205-231). Palgrave Macmillan.

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.

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(7)1975-1995.

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)1-16.

Cionea, I. A., Piercy, C. W., & Carpenter, C. J. (2017). A profile of arguing behaviors on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 438-449

Cionea, I. A. (2017). Interpersonal argumentation across cultures. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (pp. 1-12). Wiley.

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.

Cionea, I. A., Hoelscher, C. S., & Iles, I. A. (2017). Arguing goals: An initial assessment of a new measurement instrument. Communication Reports, 30(1), 51-65.