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Toni Maisano
toni maisano

Toni Maisano

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Communication + Media Studies920-403-4222

Toni Maisano is an assistant professor of communication and media studies who joined the St. Norbert College community in 2020. Her research focuses on ways in which families communicate to make sense of identity and difference. Currently, she is researching how families cope with significant religious differences, and how parents and children can communicate in ways that convey acceptance of each other.

  • COME 305 Social Identity and Intergroup Communication
  • COME 312 Communication and Mental Health
  • COME 328 Family Communication
  • COME 427 Communication Capstone

  • B.S. – Abilene Christian University
  • M.A. – Texas State University
  • Ph.D. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Family communication
  • Social identity
  • Religious and political difference
  • Intergroup dialogue
  • Mental health and wellness

Koenig Kellas, J., Morgan, T.M. (2023). Family communication as narrative. In J. Manning, J. Allen, & K.J. Denker (Eds.) Family communication as... Exploring metaphors for family communication (pp. 90-98). John Wiley & Sons.

Morgan, T.M., & Koenig Kellas, J. (2022). Communicating across eternal divides: Conceptualizing communicated acceptance during parent-child religious difference. Journal of Family Communication, 22(4), 328-347. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2022.2117181

Hackenburg, L., Morgan, T.M., Brank, E. (2022). “Born under my heart”: Adoptive parents’ use of metaphors to make sense of their past, present, and future. The Family Journal, 30(1), 14-21. doi:10.1177/10664807211027310

Koenig Kellas, J., Morgan, T.M., Taladay, C., *Minton, M., *Forte, J., & *Husmann, E. (2020). Narrative connection: Applying CNSM theory’s translational storytelling heuristic. Journal of Family Communication, 20, 360-376. doi:10.1080/15267431.2020.1826485 *undergraduate student authors

Morgan, T.M., Soliz, J., Minniear, M., & Bergquist, G. (2020). Communication accommodation and identity gaps as predictors of relational solidarity in interfaith family relationships. Communication Reports, 33, 41-54. doi:10.1080/08934215.2019.1692052

Horan, S. M., Morgan, T. M., & Burke, T. (2018). Sex and risk: Parental messages and associated safety/risk behavior of adult children. Communication Quarterly, 66, 403-422. doi:10.1080/01463373.2017.1418404