Jake Harwood

About Jake Harwood

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 on the role of music in intergroup relations. He authored "Communication and Music in Social Interaction" (Cognella, 2018) and “Understanding Communication and Aging” (2nd Edition, Cognella, 2018).  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 Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 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 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. 

Areas of Study

  • Intergroup Contact and Communication
  • Communication and Music
  • Communication and Aging


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. 

Research Interests

  • Intergroup Contact and Communication
  • Communication and Music
  • Communication and Aging

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. (2018). Understanding communication and aging: Developing knowledge and awareness (2nd Edition). San Diego, CA: Cognella.


Selected Articles († indicates student co-authors):

Gim, H., Gahler, H., Harwood, J., & Paolini, S. (in press). Seeking others’ sounds: Predictors of voluntary exposure to outgroup music. Media Psychology.

Cooper, A., Pitts, M., & Harwood, J. (2022). "“That’s when the relationship shifted”: Relational turning points in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Personal Relationships, 29(1), 217-235. http://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12412

Fanari, A., Gahler, H., Case, T., Gim, H., & Harwood, J. (2022, advance online publication). Study abroad soundtracks: Exploring the role of music in cross-cultural (re)adaptation among U.S. and international students. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2022.2028657

Harwood, J., & Wallace, S. D. (2022). Shared musical activity and perceptions of relationship commitment. Psychology of Music. https://doi.org/10.1177/03057356211058779 

Vezzali, L., Visintin, E. P., Bisagno, E., Bröker, L., Cadamuro, A., Crapolicchio, E., De Amicis, L., Di Bernado, G. A., Huang, F., Lou, X., Stathi, S., Valor-Segura, I., & Harwood, J. (2022, advance online publication). Using sport media exposure to promote gender equality: Counter-stereotypical gender perceptions and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F13684302221075691 

Paolini, S., Azam, F., Harwood, J., Mackiewicz, M., & Hewstone, M. (2022). Seeking and avoiding contact with Muslims at a hijab stall: Evidence for multilayer, multi-determined solidarity, courage, apathy, and moral outrage. British Journal of Social Psychology, 61, 214-252. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12477 

Case, T., Gim, H., Gahler, H., & Harwood, J. (2021, advance online publication). For the love of music: Changing Whites’ stereotypes of Asians with mediated intergroup musical contact. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2021.1985590

Harwood, J. (2021). Modes of intergroup contact: If and how to interact with the outgroup. Journal of Social Issues, 77, 154– 170. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12421   [Also featured in SPSSI virtual issue on “Roadblocks to Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”  located here: https://bit.ly/3vOV58O]


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Contact Information

Jake Harwood
Telephone: (520) 626-8681
Office: Communication 107
Office Hours: Fall 2022 | Tues 11:00am-12:30pm / Thurs 8:00am-9:00am


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara (1994)

MA, University of California, Santa Barbara (1991)

B.Sc., University of Bristol, UK (1989)

Courses Taught

  • Communication and Music
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
  • Graduate Level Introduction to Statistics 
  • Undergraduate Research Methods
  • Life-Span Communication

Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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