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Mariaelena Bartesaghi
Associate Professor

Mariaelena  Bartesaghi

Language & Social interaction, Discourse Studies, Communication Theory

Office: CIS 3037
Phone: 813/974-2145

I joined the faculty in 2005. My empirical work in discourse studies has addressed the ontology of institutional discourse, authority and entitlement to experience in health, crisis, and academic settings. In enjoy interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations with organizational English and rhetorical composition and critical cultural scholars, anthropologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, dialogue scholars, and healthcare stakeholders. My own discourse analyses are now engaging multimodality, the co-implication of material-discursive practices, and redistribution of agency. I am the Editor-in-Chief of Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare and have guest edited two special issues of The Electronic Journal of Communication. I was one of 12 scholars invited to speak at the Annenberg Scholars Symposium on Discourses in Action at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. In 2005, I was awarded the National Communication Association (NCA), Language and Social Interaction Division Top Dissertation Award. In 2018, 2014 and 2012, I received the Department Faculty Recognition Award. And in 2012, the Florida Communication Association Best Teacher Award, the USF Communication HUB Award and NCA's award Teachers on Teaching.

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

Andrea Fortin, Elisabeth Mason, Ariadne Miranda, Grace Peters, Amaly Santiago