John Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Research involving how people use humor in their communication, for persuasion, relationship formation, relationship maintenance, conflict management, and the social negotiations involved in work and organizational life.

Also, looking at how children interact, form and manage relationships, and manage conflict and authority/power relationships in pre-school/early school age organizations.


(2003). Kids Talking: Learning Relationships and Culture With Children.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Ramsey, M.C., Knight, R. A., Knight, M. L., & Meyer, J. C. (2009). Humor, organizational identification, and worker trust: An independent groups analysis of humor’s identification and differentiation functions. The Northwest Communication Association Journal, 39(1), 9-35.

(2000). Humor as a double-edged sword: Four functions of humor in communication. Communication Theory, 10 (3), 310-331.

(1997). Humor in member narratives: Uniting and dividing at work. Western Journal of Communication, 61, 188-208.

. . . & Driskill, G. (1997). Children and relationship development: Communication strategies in a day care center. Communication Reports, 10, 75-85.

(1990). Ronald Reagan and humor: A politician's velvet weapon. Communication Studies, 41, 76-88.

Book Chapters

(2012). Humor as personal relationship enhancer: Positivity for the long term. In T. J. Socha & M. J. Pitts (Eds.), The positive side of interpersonal communication. New York: Peter Lang (pp. 161-177).

(2009). Kids, parents, and organization: Cooperation and conflict in a child development center culture. In T. J. Socha & G. H. Stamp (Eds.), Parents and children communicating with society: Managing relationships outside of home. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis (pp. 38-55).

. . . & Driskill, G. (2000). Helping tots talk to tots. In C. G. Waugh, W. I. Gorden, & K. M. Golden (Eds.), Let's talk: A cognitive skills approach to interpersonal communication (pp. 390-394). Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.