Scholar in Residence
Dawn O. Braithwaite
Dawn O. Braithwaite is a Willa Cather Professor and Department Chair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studies communication in understudied and changing families, communication rituals, and dialectics of relating of stepfamilies, voluntary (fictive) kin, and family kinkeepers. She is co-chair of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Group at UNL. Dr. Braithwaite has authored over 100 articles and is co-author or co-editor of five books including Family Communication: Cohesion and Change and Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication. She received the National Communication Association's Brommel Award for Outstanding Contributions in Family Communication, the division's Book Award, the UNL College of Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Research in Social Science. Dr. Braithwaite was named the Western States Communication Association Distinguished Scholar in 2014. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families. She is a Past President of the Western States Communication Association, received the Distinguished Service Award, and was President of the National Communication Association.