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Amber Jannusch

Specialty area(s)

Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Argumentation, Public Speaking

Brief biography

I received a J.D. at the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.  My focus is at the intersection of interpersonal communication and persuasion, looking at how persuasion is enacted in everyday conversations.


Preferred Gender Pronouns: she, her, hers

Current courses at UWL

CST 110: Communicating Effectively


B.A. - Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 2000. (major: Communication Studies; minors: Political Science, Spanish)

J.D. - College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2005 (law)

M.A. - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2008 (rhetoric and interpersonal communication)

Ph.D. - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2014 (interpersonal communication, persuasion, communication methods)

Teaching history

At University of Iowa - Business and Professional Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Persuasion, Communication Methods, Theory and Practice of Argument, Communication and Everyday Life, Communication of Social Support

At Cornell College - Intimate Relationships

At Scott Community College - Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication

Professional history

I recently served as an AmeriCorp member at Iowa Legal Aid and am a licensed attorney in Iowa.

Research and publishing

Jannusch, A., & Huisman, D. M. (2015). The person we knew: Perceptions of the identity of loved ones with dementia by family caregivers. Speaker & Gavel, 51.

Baxter, L., Scharp, K. Asbury, B., Jannusch, A., Norwood, K. (2012).  “Birth mothers are not bad people”: A dialogic analysis of online birth mother stories. Qualitative Communication Research, 1, 53-82.

Baxter, L, Norwood, K., Asbury, B., Jannusch, A., Scharp, K.  (2012).  Narrative coherence in online stories told by members of the adoption triad.  Journal of Family Communication, 12, 265-285.