Jake Harwood

Jake Harwood
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Jake Harwood (PhD, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) is a Professor of Communication. His CV is here. His research focuses on intergroup communication with a particular focus on age groups and the role of music in intergroup relations. He authored "Communication and Music in Social Interaction" (Cognella, 2018) and “Understanding Communication and Aging” (3rd Edition, Cognella, 2023).  He co-edited "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication" (Oxford, 2018), “The Dynamics of Intergroup Communication” (Peter Lang, 2010) and “Intergroup Communication: Multiple Perspectives” (Peter Lang, 2005) He has published over 150 articles and book chapters. His recent publications have appeared in Media Psychology, Psychology of Music, and the Journal of Communication. He received the 2022 Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism from the International Association for Language and Social Psychology, and the 2003 Giles-Nussbaum Distinguished Scholar Award from the Communication and Aging Division of the National Communication Association.  He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association, past Editor of Human Communication Research, and past Book Review Editor for the Journal of Language  and Social Psychology. He teaches courses in research methods/statistics, intergroup communication, communication and music, and intergenerational communication.


Ongoing research projects with my graduate research team are examining intergroup contact and communication and the role of music in interpersonal and intergroup relations. I am always happy to talk with prospective graduate students interested in these issues. 

Selected Publications

***Complete CV here.

Selected Books:

 Giles, H., & Harwood, J. (Eds.) (2018). Oxford encyclopedia of intergroup communicationNew York: Oxford University Press.   

 Harwood, J. (2018). Communication and music in social interactionSan Diego, CA: Cognella.

 Harwood, J., & Kunkle, C. (2023). Understanding communication and aging: Developing knowledge and awareness (3rd Edition). San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Selected Recent Articles (indicates student co-authors):

Schieferdecker, D., & Harwood, J. (2023). Does outgroup media exposure reduce prejudice in real life? Testing mediated contact effects with media diets in South Africa. Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01463373.2023.2232839 

Cooper, R. A., & Harwood, J. (2023). Humanizing dementia: Effects of counter-stereotypical messages on patronizing speech toward people with a stigmatized health condition. Health Communication. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2023.2207281 

Fanari, A., Gahler, H., Gim, H., Case, T., & Harwood, J. (2023). Negative side effects of music listening during cross-cultural transitions: Exploring how music hinders cross-cultural (re)adaptation among student sojourners. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 95, article 101828. 

Gim, H., Gahler, H., Harwood, J., & Paolini, S. (2023). Seeking others’ sounds: Predictors of voluntary exposure to outgroup music. Media Psychology, 26(1), 54-71. https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2022.2097095

Gim, H., & Harwood, J. (2023). Music and sports as catalysts for intergroup harmony: What is more effective, and why? Journal of Media Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-1105/a000385

Harwood, J., & Gim, H. (2023). The process and domain of intergroup communication: Mapping the field. Psychology of Language and Communication, 27(1), 199-207. https://doi.org/10.58734/plc-2023-0010  

Rains, S., Harwood, J., Shmargad, Y., Kenski, K., Coe, K., & Bethard, S. (2023). Engagement with partisan Russian troll tweets during the 2016 US presidential election: A social identity perspective. Journal of Communication, 73(1), 38-48. https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqac037


  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara (1994)
  • MA, University of California, Santa Barbara (1991)
  • B.Sc., University of Bristol, UK (1989)