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John O. Greene

John O. Greene

Professor // Communication

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2130

Office hours: Spring 2024: Tuesday & Thursday; 10:30-11:30am


Phone: (765)494-3320

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Purdue University


Current Positions:

Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University
Director, Publications Board, National Communication Association



Primary interests in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, and communication theory with an emphasis on cognitive approaches to these domains of study. Concerned with explicating those factors that underlie and give rise to mental and overt responses in communication contexts. Current research focuses on message production, social skill, and the effects of aging on communication behavior.


Representative Publications

Greene, J. O. (2020). Mutually driven ideation and occasions of interpersonal transcendence. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 28, 37-53.
Greene, J. O. (2019). As good as it gets: Theorizing exceptional experiences of interpersonal connection, mutuality, understanding, insight, and fun. In S. R. Wilson and S. W. Smith (Eds.), Reflections on interpersonal communication research (pp. 113-132). Cognella.
Greene, J. O. (2019). AAT: Action assembly theory/Alice’s adventures in theoryland. In C. J. Liberman, A. S. Rancer, & T. A. Avtgis (Eds.), Casing communication theory (pp. 1-13). Kendall Hunt.



Greene, J. O. (2021). Essentials of communication skill and skill enhancement: A primer for students and professionals. New York, NY: Routledge.
Greene, J.O. & Burleson, B.R. (2003). Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Greene, J.O. (1997). Message Production: Advances in Communication Theory. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Selected Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2016.
  • Ann and Charles Redding Fellow, Purdue University, Department of Communication, 2003-2005.
  • Distinguished Book Award, Communication and Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association, 2003.
  • Gerald R. Miller Book Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2002.
  • Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair, Texas Christian University, Department of Speech Communication, 2002.
  • Identified as one of the top 100 most active communication researchers and also as being among the top one percent of most prolific researchers in the field of Communication during the period 1915-1995 (Communication Monographs, 1999, 66, 178-197).
  • Speech Communication Association, Charles H. Woolbert Research Award, 1994 (presented annually in recognition of "an article or chapter which has stood the test of time and has become the stimulus for new conceptualizations of speech communication phenomena").
  • Recognized as being among the most frequently cited authors in Communication (Human Communication Research, 1996, 22, pp. 563-574).

Selected Professional Activities

  • Director, Publications Board, National Communication Association, 2103-2015
  • Editor, Human Communication Research, 2001-2003.
  • Book Review Editor, Communication Theory, 1993-1996.