Steven Brunner, Ph.D.

Lecturer at University of California Davis

Lecturer at University of California Davis

Dr. Brunner has been teaching in higher education since 2008. He has expertise in communication technologies, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Dr. Brunner’s favorite course to teach is communication technology theory because, as he stated, “the students get to learn about the history of communication technologies from a theoretical perspective, while also exploring a more contemporary understanding of technology. The class often challenges and surprises students to think differently about how we communicate through technology.” Dr. Brunner also enjoys teaching courses in the interpersonal domain because it is exciting to watch students learn theory that they can apply to their lives.

Selected Publications

Arroyo, A., & Brunner, S. R. (2016). Negative body talk as an outcome of friends’ fitness posts on social networking sites: Body surveillance and social comparison as potential moderators. Journal of Applied Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2016.1192293

Rains, S. A., & Brunner, S. R. (2015). What can we learn about social network websites by studying Facebook? A call and recommendations for research on social network website. New Media & Society, 17, 114-131. doi: 10.1177/1461444814546481

Rains, S. A., & Brunner, S. R. (2015). The outcomes of broadcasting self-disclosure using new communication technologies: Responses to disclosure vary across one’s social network. Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0093650215598836

Rains, S. A., Brunner, S. R., Akers, C., Pavlich, C. A, Tsetsi, E., Dowell, J. (2016). Social support and computer-mediated communication (CMC): The role of CMC in discussing stressors during supportive interactions. Human Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hcre.12087

Rains, S. A., Brunner, S. R., & Oman, K. (2016). Self-disclosure and new communication technologies: The implications of receiving superficial self-disclosures from friends. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33, 42-61. doi: 10.1177/0265407514562561


  • Ph.D. in Communication, University of Arizona, 2015
  • M.S. in Communication Studies and Journalism, South Dakota State University, 2010
  • B.S. in Communication Studies and Theatre, South Dakota State University, 2008