Jennifer Gibbs, PhD

Professor, Department of Communication
Editor, Communication Research
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4020


New Position

I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position at University of California, Santa Barbara starting July 1st. I will be a Professor in the Department of Communication. I will miss my colleagues at Rutgers, but look forward to new opportunities!

Communication Research

I have recently taken over as co-editor of Communication Research, along with Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick from Ohio State University. I am excited about this new role and encourage submissions from a range of methods that are theoretically grounded and empirically rigorous.


Empirical research in communication began in the 20th century, and there are more researchers pursuing answers to communication questions today than at any other time. The editorial goal of Communication Research is to offer a special opportunity for reflection and change in the new millennium. To qualify for publication, research should, first, be explicitly tied to some form of communication; second, be theoretically driven with results that inform theory; third, use the most rigorous empirical methods; and fourth, be directly linked to the most important problems and issues facing humankind. Criteria do not privilege any particular context; indeed, we believe that the key problems facing humankind occur in close relationships, groups, organizations, and cultures. Hence, we hope to publish research conducted across a wide variety of levels and units of analysis.

New Editorial Role

I am pleased to announce that I will be taking over as editor of Communication Research starting in January 2016 (my co-editor is still to be determined). My vision for the journal is to publish innovative and empirically rigorous research that is grounded in communication theory. I am open to a range of methodological and epistemological approaches.

Video on Workplace Affordances of Social Media

Here is a cool video explaining some of my recent research on social media affordances in the workplace. This was published in JCMC in 2013 with my students Nik Rozaidi and Julia Eisenberg and you can find the PDF in my list of publications. I’ll also take this opportunity to plug our Social Media Cluster at SC&I:

Enterprise Social Media and the Ideology of Openness

Book Project

My new book, co-authored with Terri Kurtzberg, is officially under contract with Praeger. The working title is “Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus”. It will focus on the topic of distraction and the role played by new communication technologies (especially mobile devices) in a variety of contexts including workplace, classroom, and interpersonal and family relationships.

New research on IHRM and global teams

I just published a chapter on IHRM and global team management with my student, Maggie Boyraz:

Gibbs, J. L., & Boyraz, M. (2015). International HRM’s role in managing global teams. In Collings, D. G., Wood, G., & Caligiuri, P. (Eds.), The Routledge companion to international human resource management (pp. 532-551). New York: Routledge.

You can access it through the link above.

Associate Editor, MCQ

I recently became an Associate Editor at Management Communication Quarterly.

ABS Special Issue on “Social Media, Collaboration, and Organizations”

I published two articles in American Behavioral Scientist in the January special issue on “Social Media, Collaboration, and Organizations”, edited by Dhiraj Murthy. They are entitled “The “Megapozitiv” Role of Enterprise Social Media in Enabling Cross-Boundary Communication in a Distributed Russian Organization” (co-authored with Julia Eisenberg, Nik Rozaidi, and Anna Gryaznova) and “The Use of Enterprise Social Network Sites for Knowledge Sharing in Distributed Organizations: The Role of Organizational Affordances” (co-authored with Nicole Ellison and Matt Weber). 

You can find the table of contents here: ABS Special Issue TOC. Check it out, it’s a great issue!