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About Dawn O. Braithwaite

DR. DAWN O. BRAITHWAITE, WILLA CATHER PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR, studies how people in personal and family relationships interact and negotiate family change and challenges. Her research deals with communication in understudied and changing families, communication rituals, and dialectics of relating in stepfamilies and among voluntary kin. Dr. Braithwaite has authored over 100 articles and is co-editor or co-author of five books including Family Communication: Cohesion and Change and Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication. She received the National Communication Association's Brommel Award for Outstanding Contributions in Family Communication, the division’s Book Award, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Research in Social Science. Dawn was named the Western States Communication Association Distinguished Scholar in 2014 She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families and Executive Board member. She is a Past President of the Western States Communication Association, received the Distinguished Service Award, and was President of the National Communication Association.


Present Faculty Member, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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