Joseph Bonito

About Joseph Bonito

Dr. Bonito earned his Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Speech Communication. His primary area of interest is small group communication processes, especially the characteristics of participation, as well as its antecedents and relation to group outcomes. His articles have appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, and Small Group Research, and he has authored many conference papers. He is the 2003 recipient of the Dennis Gouran Award, given to the author of the outstanding monograph in small group communication by the Group Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He received a top paper award from the Group Communication Division. Dr. Bonito was also an co-principal investigator on a large grant, awarded through the Army Research Institute, that investigated the relation between computer-mediated communication and decision-making processes. He has also received several smaller grants through the University of Arizona. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in small group communication, communication and cognition, and research methods.

Dr. Bonito's interests include small group communication and decision making, communication technologies, message production processes, and research methods.

Selected Publications


Bonito, J. A. (2006.) A longitudinal social relations analysis of participation in small groups. Human Communication Research, 32, 302-321.

Bonito, J. A., & Lambert, B. L. (2005) Information similarity as a moderator on the effect of gender on participation in small groups: A multilevel analysis. Small Group Research, 36, 139-165.

Bonito, J. A. (2004.) Shared Cognition and Participation in Small Groups: Similarity of Member Prototypes. Communication Research, 31, 704-730.

Bonito, J. A. (2003). A social relations analysis of participation in small groups. Communication Monographs, 70, 83-97.

Bonito, J. A. (2002). The analysis of participation in small groups: Methodological and conceptual issues related to interdependence. Small Group Research, 33, 412-438.

Bonito, J. A., & Sanders, R. E. (2002). Speakers’ footing in a collaborative writing task: A resource for addressing disagreement while avoiding conflict. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 34, 481-514.

Bonito, J. A. (2001). An information-processing approach to participation in small groups. Communication Research, 28, 272-303.

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Joseph Bonito
Telephone: (520) 621-1025
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 224

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences