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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

  • Talk in Relationships
  • Communication Theory  
  • Communication, Language and Mental Illness  
  • Health Communication
  • Talk in Society

Graduate Course Offerings

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Language, Mind, and Social Interaction
  • The Politics of Mental Health
  • Discourse in Health Institutions
  • Writing Workshop

Representative Publications

  • Bartesaghi, M. (2011). On making process practically visible or, Moving constructivism beyond philosophical argumentation. Constructivist Foundations, 7, 22-24.
  • Bartesaghi, M., & Hanson, A. (2011). Understanding social networking: The benefit of discourse analysis. In D. Cook & L. Farmer (Eds.), Using qualitative methods in action research: How librarians can get to the why of data (pp. 43-67). Chicago, IL: Association for College and Research Libraries.
  • Bartesaghi, M., & Castor, T. (2010). Disasters as social interaction. Communication Currents 5, 6. [link]
  • Nicholas, M., Bartesaghi, M., & Jorgenson, J. (2009). Between text and talk: Managing interactional issues in the IM interview. Electronic Journal of Communication.
  • Bartesaghi, M. (2009). Conversation and psychotherapy: How questioning reveals institutional answers. Discourse Studies, 11, 153-178.
  • Bartesaghi, M. (2009). How the therapist does authority: Six strategies to substitute client accounts in the session. Communication & Medicine, 6, 15-25.
  • Bartesaghi, M. & Bowen-Perlmutter, S. (2009). The acquisition of memory by interview questioning: Holocaust re-membering as category bound activity. Discourse Studies, 11, 223-244.
  • Bartesaghi, M. & Cissna, K. N. (2009). Social construction. In W. Eadie (Ed.) 21st Century communication: A Reference handbook (pp. 128-136). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Bartesaghi, M., & Castor, T. R. (2009). Tracing our steps through communication social construction: Six propositions for how to go on. In W. Leeds-Hurwitz & G. Galanes (Eds.), Socially Constructing Communication (pp. 225-243). Mahwah, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Bartesaghi, M., & Castor, T. R. (2008). Social construction in communication: Revisiting the conversation. Communication Yearbook, 32, 5-30.


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

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
84640SPC 3212901Communication Theory

BSN 1403
84319SPC 6913008Directed Research

TBA 100
86791COM 7325902Qualitative Methods
Communication Graduate Students or Permission of Instructor.

CIS 3057
81765SPC 7980008Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100

Graduate Students

Zoe DuPree Fine, Ariadne Miranda, Grace Peters