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 co-editor of “The Dynamics of Intergroup Communication” (Peter Lang, 2010) and “Intergroup Communication: Multiple Perspectives” (Peter Lang, 2005) and author of "Communication and Music" (Amazon KDP, 2015) as well as “Understanding Communication and Aging” (Sage, 2007). He has published over 100 articles and book chapters. His recent publications have appeared in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Communication, and Communication Monographs. He was editor of Human Communication Research from 2006-2009 and is 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.

Research Interests

Intergroup Communication

Communication and Aging

Communication and Music


Selected Publications

      Complete CV here. 


     Harwood, J. (2015). Communication and music. Seattle, WA: KDP / Amazon Digital Services. ASIN: B011CF2N56

     Giles, H., Reid, S., & Harwood, J. (Eds.) (2010). The dynamics of intergroup communication. New York: Peter Lang.

     Harwood, J. (2007). Understanding communication and aging: Developing knowledge and awareness. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

     Harwood, J., & Giles, H. (Eds.) (2005). Intergroup communication: Multiple perspectives. New York: Peter Lang.  


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

Chen, C-Y., Joyce, N., Harwood, J., & Xiang, J. (2017). Stereotype reduction through humor and accommodation during imagined communication with older adults. Communication Monographs, 84, 94-109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2016.1149737

Harwood, J., Hewstone, M., Amichai-Hamburger, Y., & Tausch, N. (2013). Intergroup contact: An integration of social psychological and communication perspectives. In C. T. Salmon (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 36 (pp. 55-102). New York: Routledge.

Barlow, F. K., Paolini, S., Pedersen, A., Hornsey, M. J., Radke, H. R. M., Harwood, J., Rubin, M., & Sibley, C. G. (2012). The contact caveat: Negative contact predicts increased prejudice more than positive contact predicts reduced prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1629-1643.  doi:10.1177/0146167212457953

Joyce, N., & Harwood, J. (online first, 2012). Improving intergroup attitudes through televised vicarious intergroup contact: Social cognitive processing of ingroup and outgroup information. Communication Research. doi:10.1177/0093650212447944 

Harwood, J., Paolini, S., Joyce, N., Rubin, M., & Arroyo, A. (2011). Secondary transfer effects from imagined contact: Group similarity affects the generalization gradient. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 180-189. doi:10.1348/014466610X524263

Harwood, J. (2010). The contact space: A novel framework for intergroup contact research. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 29, 147-177. doi: 10.1177/0261927X09359520

Harwood, J., Paolini, S., Joyce, N., Rubin, M., & Arroyo, A. (2010). Secondary transfer effects from imagined contact: Group similarity affects the generalization gradient. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1348/014466610X524263

Paolini, S., Harwood, J., & Rubin, M. (2010). Negative intergroup contact makes group memberships salient: Explaining why intergroup conflict endures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1723-1738. doi: 10.1177/0146167210388667


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Contact Information

Jake Harwood
Department Head & Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-1366
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 205


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

Communication and Music

Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication

Introduction to Graduate Statistics in Communication

Undergraduate Research Methods

Life-Span Communication

Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences