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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 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. His graduate research team works on projects related to interpersonal and mediated intergroup contact, and the role of music in interpersonal and intergroup relations.  


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):

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.

Harwood, J. (2017). Music and intergroup relations: Exacerbating conflict and building harmony through music. Review of Communication Research5, 1-34.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Contact Information

Jake Harwood
Telephone: (520) 626-8681
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 107
Office Hours: T/Th 11:00 am-12:00 pm; T 8:30-9:15 am


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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