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Erin Sahlstein Parcell

Associate Professor
 Johnston Hall 237

Education

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Iowa
MA, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA, Speech Communication, Iowa State University

Research Interests

My research currently centers on communication within and about military families. Emerging from my interests in long-distance communication, I have studied military family communication across deployment (pre, during, and post), and recently started a project focusing on LGBT+ service members’ and spouses’ experiences within the military pre- and post- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. I primarily employ qualitative methods for my research (e.g., in-depth interviews) but have participated in several meta-analyses and survey design studies. I encourage students, both graduate and undergraduate, to contact me if they are interested in joining my research. My future projects will continue addressing military family topics as well as other long-distance relationships. I am also interested in studying parenting, specifically disciplining children and why parents choose to use certain tactics over others.

Courses Taught

Graduate:
Marital and Family Communication
Conflict Management
Qualitative Methods
Long-distance communication

Undergraduate:
Issues in Interpersonal Communication
Long-distance Communication
Marital and Family Communication
Conflict Management
Research Methods

Selected Publications

Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2019). Distance, dialectics, and discourses in personal relationships. Steven R. Wilson & Sandi W. Smith (Ed.). Reflections on interpersonal communication research, 1st, 337-354. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
Sahlstein Parcell, E. M., & Baker, B. M. (2018). Relational dialectics theory: A new approach for military/veteran-connected family research. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 10, 672-685.
Sahlstein Parcell, E. M., Baker, B. M., & Johnson, R. L. (2017). Military families and deployment: Communicating at a distance. FF71, F8-F9.
Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2017). The United States military: Sites of intergroup discourses. Oxford encyclopedia of intergroup communication.
Miller, J., Danielson, C., Sahlstein Parcell, E. M., Nicolini, K., & Boucher, T. (2016). Blurred lines: Privacy management, family conflict and Facebook. Iowa Journal of Communication, 48, 4-22.
Valenzano, III, J. M., Broeckelman-Post, M. A., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2016). Communication pathways.
Odom, L., Sahlstein Parcell, E. M., Baker, B. M., & Cronin-Fisher, V. (2015). Communication and female date initiation: Differences in perceptions based on assertiveness of initiator. Iowa Journal of Communication, 47, 177-196.
Maguire, K. C., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2015). Communication and the coping paradox: The case of Army spouses and wartime deployment. Southern Journal of Communication, 80, 365-376.