Jake Harwood

About Jake Harwood

Jake Harwood is a Professor of Communication. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994. His research focuses on intergroup communication with a particular focus on age groups, and on the role of music in intergroup relations. He is the author of "Communication and Music in Social Interaction" (Cognella, 2018) as well as “Understanding Communication and Aging” (2nd Edition, Cognella, 2018).  He is the co-editor of "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 Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Communication, and Communication Monographs. 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. His graduate research team works on projects related to interpersonal and mediated intergroup contact, and the role of music in interpersonal and intergroup relations.  

Areas of Study

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


Ongoing research projects with graduate research team concerning intergroup contact and communication and the role of music in interpersonal and intergroup relations.

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 (underline indicates graduate student co-authors):

Fowler, C., & Harwood, J. (2020, advance online publication). Does perceived normativity of intergenerational contact enhance the effects of imagined intergenerational contact? Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1368430220934548

Harwood, J. (2017). Music and intergroup relations: Exacerbating conflict and building harmony through music. Review of Communication Research5, 1-34. https://doi.org/10.12840/issn.2255-4165.2017.05.01.012

Harwood, J., Qadar, F., & Chen, C-Y. (2016). Harmonious contact: Stories about intergroup musical collaboration improve intergroup attitudes. Journal of Communication, 66, 937-959. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12261

Harwood, J., Joyce, N., Chen, C-Y., Paolini, S., Xiang, J., & Rubin, M. (2017). Effects of past and present intergroup communication on perceived fit of an outgroup member and desire for future intergroup contact. Communication Research, 44, 530-555. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650214565926

Joyce, N., & Harwood, J. (2014). Improving intergroup attitudes through televised vicarious intergroup contact: Social cognitive processing of ingroup and outgroup information. Communication Research, 41, 627-643. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650212447944

Joyce, N., & Harwood, J. (2020). Social identity motivations and intergroup media attractiveness. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 23, 71–90. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430217751629

Joyce, N.Springer, S., & Harwood, J. (2020). The sweet spot: Curvilinear effects of media exemplar typicality on stereotype change. Journal of Media Psychology, 32, 59-69. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-1105/a000258

Wallace, S. D., & Harwood, J. (2018). Associations between shared musical engagement and parent-child relational quality: The mediating roles of interpersonal coordination and empathy. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 202-216. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2018.1466783


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Contact Information

Jake Harwood
Telephone: (520) 626-8681
Office: Communication 107
Office Hours: Spring 2022 | T/Th 9-10 a.m. and 11-12 p.m., & by appt. in person or via Zoom


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

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

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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