Andy Merolla

Assistant Professor
Interpersonal Communication

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Interpersonal Communication, Relational Maintenance, and Conflict Management


Andy Merolla studies how people maintain their personal relationships and overcome relational challenges through communication. Andy’s research examines topics such as conflict management, interpersonal forgiveness, long-distance relational maintenance, and individuals’ experiences following natural disasters. His most recent research explores the role of communication in constructing hope, and the important role that hope plays in managing difficult situations in romantic and family relationships. Andy’s research can be found in journals, such as Communication Research, Communication Theory, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Personal Relationships. He has also been quoted in articles appearing in various media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal,, and Yahoo Health.

Andy has received multiple top paper and research awards, including the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award from the National Communication Association and the Garrison Top Applied Interpersonal Paper Award from the International Communication Association. Andy is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He has also served on numerous journal editorial boards.

Andy is also passionate about teaching. In 2014, he was recognized as an Ohio Magazine “Excellence in Education” Honoree. At UCSB, Andy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication theory, conflict management, interpersonal communication, and nonverbal communication.