Katie Margavio Striley

“Curiosity” best defines me.  I am always asking questions and searching for answers.  This curiosity is both my blessing and my curse.  On the one hand, it drives me to passionately and single-mindedly pursue my research.   On the other hand, I often become obsessed with ideas (sometimes forgetting to sleep or eat while pursuing my latest project!).  I am also deeply committed to making better social worlds.  My own research examines the discursive construction of exclusive realities, the myriad ways language enables and constrains our sense of the possible, and the transformative potential of communication to make better social worlds. Above all, I want to help people realize this is one possible reality, not the only reality possible.

I have been pursuing these interests through a program of research focused on exclusive and inclusive communication in interpersonal, intergroup, and organizational contexts.  My interests in exclusive communication compel me to explore topics such as interpersonal rejection, ostracism, stigma, hate, and the mechanisms we use to (re)produce oppressive realities.  I also explore the experiences of those living in and coping with exclusive realities, drawing me to topics like resilience, resignation, and even positive effects of exclusion.  Additionally, I study those trying to break free from exclusive realities, thus, rebellion, revolution, resistance, and dissent captivate me.  Finally, I explore inclusive communication, including dialogue, deliberation, conflict management, and other forms of egalitarian communication.  My research often takes me to the realm of ethics and morality, social identity, social judgement, and recently the intersection of risk discourses and exclusive communication.

On a personal note, I am originally from New Orleans.  I received my B.A in communication from Truman State University and my M.A. in communication from Missouri State University.  My hobbies include writing my dissertation and conducting research :-)  My current motto in life is "keep calm and dissertate."  I also enjoy watching documentaries with my husband (yes, we are proud nerds!), playing with my dogs Seri and Lily, and taking care of my two saltwater aquariums.

Ultimately, a few paragraphs cannot sum up a person, so I encourage you to get to know me!


  • Ph.D. Communication Studies, Ohio University, anticipated 2014
  • M.A. Communication, Missouri State University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, Conflict & Dispute Resolution, Missouri State University, 2008
  • B.A. Communication Studies, Truman State University, 2004


  • Ralph Cooley Award, National Communication Association, 2012
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Ohio University, 2012
  • Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award, Ohio University, 2012
  • Donald P. Cushman Award, National Communication Association, 2011
  • Distinguished Thesis Award, Missouri State University, 2008
  • Excellence in Research Award, Missouri State University, 2008
  • Cooper Award, Central States Communication Association, 2008
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Missouri State University, 2008
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Missouri State University, 2007


    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    Striley, K. (in press). The stigma of excellence and the dialectic of (perceived) superiority
    and inferiority: Exploring intellectually gifted adolescents’ experiences of stigma.
    Communication Studies.

    Striley, K. & Lawson, S. (in press). Communication orientations of privilege: How white
    discourse of unity and disunity (de)construct the Aboriginal “other.” Journal of
    International and Intercultural Communication

    Striley, K. & Field-Springer, (2013). The bad mother police: Theorizing risk orders in
    the discourses of infant feeding practices. Health Communication, 28, 1-11.
    Lead Article.

    Bates, B., Graham, D., Striley, C., Patterson, S., Arora, A., & Hamel-Lambert, J. (2013).
    Examining antecedents of caregivers’ access to early childhood developmental
    screening: Implications for campaigns promoting use of services in Appalachian
    Ohio. Health Promotion Practice.

    Simmons, N. & Striley, K. (in press). Twisted leadership: A visual example of leadership
    style using a human knot. Communication Teacher.

    Striley, C., Margavio, C., Cottler, L. (2006). Gender and race matching preferences for
    HIV post-test counseling. AIDS Care, 18(1), 49-53.

    Book Chapters

    Babrow, A. S. & Striley, C. M. (in press). Problematic integration theory and uncertainty
    management theory. In D. O. Braithewaite & P. Schrodt (Eds.), Engaging theories
    in interpersonal communication
    (second edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Striley, K., Lawson, S., Black, L., & Gastil, J. (in press). Engaging difference through
    Dialogue: Almost dialoging about a racially inclusive Australia. In L. Carson, J.,
    Gastil, J. Hartz-Karp, & R. Lubensky (Eds)., The Australian Citizen’s Parliament
    and the future of deliberative democracy
    . Penn State University Press.

    Striley, K. & King, S. (2013). Rebooting social identities: Computer mediated
    communication’s role in coping with negative social identity. In D. Lasora & A.
    Rodriguez (Eds.), Social identity in communication: New agenda, (pp. 149-167).
    Taylor & Francis.

    Striley, K. (2008). Living in a material world: Origins and implications of objectification
    theory. In J. Bourhis, C. Adams, & S. Titsworth (Eds.), Style manual for
    communication studies
    , (pp. 72-80). Boston: McGraw-Hill.

    Striley, K. (2008). Symbolic convergence theory: An Annotated Bibliography. In J.
    Bourhis, C. Adams, & S. Titsworth (Eds.), Style manual for communication
    , (pp. 82-87). Boston: McGraw-Hill.

    Encyclopedia Entries

    Field-Springer, K. & Striley, K. (in press). Risk communication: Social construction
    perspective. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Communication.
    Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Field-Springer, K. & Striley, K. (in press). Risk society. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.),
    Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Invited Professional Publications

    Striley, K. (2013, Sept.). Gifted adolescents and ostracism. Michigan Association for
    Gifted Children

    Striley, K. (2012, Sept.). Bully prevention program assessment. Appalachian Peace Post.
    Lead Article.

    Striley, K. (2008). R & R (reading and research). Spectra, 44(5), 8.