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Steven R. Wilson

Steven R. Wilson

Office: CIS 3048
Phone: 813-974-2145

Steven R. Wilson (PhD, Purdue University, 1989) is a Professor in the Department of Communication. He also is a faculty affiliate with the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

Steve’s research focuses on processes of influence and identity management in family, health, and workplace contexts. He is the author of Seeking and Resisting Compliance: Why Individuals Say What They Do When Trying to Influence Others (Sage, 2002), co-editor of New Directions in Interpersonal Communication Research (Sage, 2010, with Sandi Smith), and author of 90 scholarly articles and book chapters on these topics. He is a fellow of the International Communication Association, and recipient of the National Communication Association’s Bernard Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication. He currently serves as an associate editor for Human Communication Research, published by the International Communication Association.

Prior to coming to USF, Steve served on the faculty at Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue Universities. He’s also been a visiting professor/scholar at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Donguuk University (South Korea), University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Iowa, and University of Leuven (Belgium).


Ph.D., 1989, Communication
Purdue University

M.A. 1984 Speech Communication
Indiana University

B. A., 1982 Political Science
Western Illinois University (with high honors)


Graduate Students

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