banner USF Home College of Arts & Sciences OASIS myUSF USF A-Z Index

USF Home > College of Arts and Sciences > Department of Communication

Mariaelena Bartesaghi
Associate Professor

Mariaelena  Bartesaghi

Language & Social interaction, Health Communication, Social construction of reality

Office: CIS 3037
Phone: 813/974-2145

Dr. Bartesaghi joined the faculty in 2005. She adopts social construction as a metatheoretical tool with which to interrogate how institutions are materialized or (en)acted in discourse. As a language and social interaction scholar, she uses discourse analysis, which is doing critical work “from the inside out.” Her social critique emerges from an examination of the communication dynamics at hand, from transcripts and documents collected from fieldwork. Her work has analyzed institutional power in health settings, education, and the dynamics of crisis communication. In 2005, Dr Bartesaghi was awarded the National Communication Association (NCA), Language and Social Interaction Division Top Dissertation Award. In 2014 and 2012, she received the Department Faculty Recognition Award. In 2012, the Florida Communication Association Best Teacher Award, and NCA's award Teachers on Teaching.

Curriculum Vitae

Undergraduate Course Offerings



Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2004.
BS, Communication, Ithaca College, 1992.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
95944SPC 3212902Communication Theory


CIS 1027

81432SPC 6913002Directed Research
Dept. Approval Required; S-U Only

TBA 100

96365SPC 7900002Doctoral Research Tutorial

TBA 100

81911COM 7933002Lang/Mind/Soc Interactn
Ph.D. SEMINAR Ph.D Students Only or Permission of Instructor.


CIS 3057

81715SPC 7980001Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100

Graduate Students

Angela Candela, Zoe DuPree Fine, Kelly Franklin, Elisabeth Mason, Ariadne Miranda, Grace Peters