Barbara Jago

Social Science Division Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Arts

Communication Arts Minor
Communication Arts, B.A.
Literary Arts & Studies, B.A.
UNH Manchester
Office 485
Phone: 
603-641-4106

Profile

Barbara J. Jago is Social Science Division Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Arts. After receiving an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, an M.A. in Secondary Science Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida, Dr. Jago joined the UNH Manchester faculty in 1998 where she teaches courses and conducts research in relational communication. She teaches a variety of courses in relational communication including Gender, Language and Interaction, Communicating in Families, Theories of Relational Communication, and Narrative. In 2004, she was honored with the UNH-Manchester Teaching Excellence award.

Her research seeks to understand how we make sense of our selves and our relationships through storytelling, and how we can use that understanding to improve our individual and collective lives. In particular, her work focuses on identity and emotion within the contexts of the family and the academy. She has been published in a variety of academic journals including Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Loss and Trauma, and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Currently, she is working on a manuscript about the role of emotion in learning.

For more information on Dr. Jago's teaching and research, please visit her website.

Courses

Dr. Jago teaches a variety of courses in relational communication including Gender, Language and Interaction, Communicating in Families, Theories of Relational Communication, and Narrative.

Affiliations

  • National Communication Association Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

  • UNH Chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Awards

  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of New Hampshire, Manchester, May 2004

  • Graduate School Summer Faculty Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, May 1999

  • International Communication Association Teaching Award, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. May 1998.

  • Provost's Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. May 1998.

Publications

Dr. Jago has been published in a variety of academic journals including Qualitative InquiryJournal of Loss and Trauma, andJournal of Contemporary Ethnography. Currently, she is working on a manuscript about the role of emotion in learning.

  • Jago, Barbara J. (2006). "A primary act of imagination: Women's narratives of fatherlessness." Qualitative Inquiry 12,3.

  • Jago, Barbara J. (forthcoming). "Undergraduates ranting: Third wave manifestos" We Want it Now! Third Wave Manifestos, edited by Shira Tarrant, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Goucher College.

  • Jago, Barbara J. (forthcoming). "Coming out in the academy." Illness in the Academy, edited by Kimberly Myers, Associate Professor of English, University of Montana. Jago, Barbara J. (2005).

  • "The car radio: An autoethnographic short story." Journal of Loss and Trauma 10, 1, 1-6.

  • Jago, Barbara J. (2002). "Chronicling an academic depression." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 31, 6, 729-757.

  • Jago, Barbara J. (1996). "Postcards, ghosts, and fathers: Revising family stories." Qualitative Inquiry 2, 4, 495-516.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, 1998

  • M.A., New York University, 1993

  • M.A., University of South Florida, 1993

  • B.A., Smith College, 1981

Speakers Bureau

Professor Jago is Coordinator of the Communication Arts Program. Her research seeks to understand how we make sense of our selves and our relationships through storytelling, and how we can use that understanding to improve our individual and collective lives. In particular, her work focuses on identity and emotion within the contexts of the family and the academy.

In 2004, she was honored with the UNH-Manchester Teaching Excellence award. Dr. Jago has been published in a variety of academic journals including Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Loss and Trauma, and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Currently, she is working on a manuscript about the role of emotion in learning.

speaking topics
  • Family communication

  • Depression

  • Learning