Dawn O Braithwaite
Willa Cather Professor, Interpersonal & Family Communication Communication Studies

Ph.D., University of Minnesota



DR. DAWN O. BRAITHWAITE, WILLA CATHER PROFESSOR, studies how people in personal and family relationships communicate and negotiate family change and challenges. Her research centers on communication in understudied and changing families, communication rituals, and dialectics of relating in stepfamilies and among voluntary (fictive) kin. Dr. Braithwaite has authored over 125 articles and is co-author or co-editor of six books including Family Communication: Cohesion and Change and Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication. She received the National Communication Association's Brommel Award for Outstanding Contributions in Family Communication and the NCA Becker Distinguished Service Award. She received outstanding book awards from the NCA Family Communication Division and the Interpersonal Communication Division. She was awarded the UNL College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Research in Social Science. Dr. Braithwaite was named a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association in 2020 and of the Western States Communication Association in 2014. Dr. Braithwaite is a Past President of the Western States Communication Association and a Past President of the National Communication Association.



Braithwaite, D. O., & Suter, E. (in press). Family communication. In K. Adamsons, A. Few-Demo, C. Proulx & K. Roy (Eds.) Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies (2nd ed.). Sage.

Galvin, K., Braithwaite, D. O., Schrodt, P., & Bylund, C. (2019). Family communication: Cohesion and change (10th ed.). Routledge.

Braithwaite, D. O., Waldron, V. R., Allen, J., Bergquist, G., Marsh, J., Oliver, B., Storck, K., Swords, N., & Tschampl-Diesing, C. (2018). "Feeling warmth and close to her": Communication and resilience reflected in turning points in positive adult stepchild-stepparent relationships. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 92-109.

Waldron, V. R., Braithwaite, D. O., Oliver, B. M., Kloeber, D., N., & March, J. S. (2018). Discourses of forgiveness and resilience in stepchild-stepparent relationships. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46 (5), 561-582.

Braithwaite, D. O., Suter, E. A., & Floyd, K. (Eds.). (2018). Engaging theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives. (2nd ed.) Routledge.