Meina Liu

Meina Liu

Associate Professor of Communication; Director, MA Program in Communication Management
Room 203
Address: 600 21st Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-1870
[email protected]

Professor Liu (Ph.D., Purdue University, 2006) joined the Department of Organization Sciences and Communication at George Washington University in the Fall of 2013, after having taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, for eight years. Her research and teaching focus on intercultural communication, organizational communication, and negotiation and conflict management. Much of her recent research is concerned with the influence of emotion and social cognition on negotiators’ interaction patterns and negotiation outcomes, as well as cultural variations in these processes. Professor Liu’s research also examines gender and diversity issues in organizations, particularly as related to careers and work-life balance. Her work has appeared both in the communication field's premier journals, such as Human Communication ResearchCommunication ResearchCommunication Monographs, and key specialty journals, such as Journal of Applied Communication ResearchJournal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, as well as an interdisciplinary journal, Human Relations. She received four Top Paper Awards and four Best Article Awards from the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.


Liu, M., Zhu, L., & Cionea, I. (2016). What makes some intercultural negotiations more difficult than others? Power distance and culture-role combinations. Communication Research. Published via online first at

Zhu, L., Liu, M., & Fink, E. (2016). Person-culture fit in cultural adaptation as assessed by convergence of mental models. Human Communication Research, 42, 485-501.

Liu, M. (2016). Culture and communication styles. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.). Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. London: Oxford University Press.

Buzzanell, P. M., Remke, R. Meisenbach, R., Liu, M., Bowers, V., & Conn, C. (2016). Standpoints of maternity leave: Discourses of temporality and ability. Women’s Studies in Communication. Published online first at:

Liu, M. (2015). Bargaining goals and plans. In C. Berger and M. E. Roloff (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication. San Francisco, CA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Liu, M. (2015). Cultural differences in bargaining and negotiation. In C. Berger and M. E. Roloff (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication. San Francisco, CA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Liu, M. (2014). Analyzing social interaction. In C. Berger (Ed.). The SAGE Handbook of Interpersonal Communication (pp. 127-151). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Liu, M. (2013). A phasic analysis of strategy sequences and their mediating effects on goals and negotiation outcomes. Communication Research, 40, 337-359.

Liu, M. (2012). Same path, different experience: Culture’s influence on attribution, emotion, and interaction goals in negotiation. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 22, 97-119.    

Liu M., & Chai, S. (2011). Planning and preparing for effective negotiation. In M. Benoliel (Ed.), Negotiation excellence: Successful deal making (pp. 15-38). London, UK: World Scientific.

Liu, M. (2011). Cultural differences in goal-directed interaction patterns in negotiation. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 4, 178-199.

Liu, M., & Wilson, S. R. (2011). The influence of interaction goals on negotiation tactics and outcomes: A dyad-level analysis across two cultures. Communication Research, 38, 248-277.

Liu, M., & Wang, C. (2010). Explaining the influence of anger and compassion on negotiators' interaction goals: An assessment of trust and distrust as two distinct mediators. Communication Research, 37443-472.

Liu, M. (2009). The intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of anger on negotiation performance: A cross-cultural investigation. Human Communication Research35, 148-169. [Outstanding Scholarly Work Award from the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Association]  

Mortenson, S., Burleson, B. R., Feng, B., & Liu., M. (2009). Cultural similarities and differences in seeking social support as a means of coping: A comparison of Americans and Chinese and an evaluation of the mediating effects of self-construal. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 2, 208-239.

Meisenbach, R., Remke, R., Buzzanell, P. M., & Liu, M. (2008). They allowed: Pentadic mapping of women’s maternity leave discourse as organizational rhetoric. Communication Monographs, 75, 1-24. [Outstanding Published Article Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender]                                           

Buzzanell, P. M., & Liu, M. (2007). It’s “give and take”: Maternity leave as a conflict management process. Human Relations, 60, 463 -495.

Buzzanell, P. M., Waymer, D., Tagle, M. P., & Liu, M. (2007). Traces of ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds: Diverse women’s expressions of transitions into working motherhood. Journal of Family Communication, 7, 195-220.

Liu, M.,  & Buzzanell, P. M. (2006). When workplace pregnancy highlights difference: Openings for detrimental gender and supervisory relations. In J. H. Fritz & B. L. Omdahl (Eds.), Problematic relationships in the workplace (pp. 47-67). New York: Peter Lang  

Lucas, K., Liu, M., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2006). No limits careers: A critical examination of career discourse in the U.S. and China. In M. P. Orbe, B. J. Allen, & L. A. Flores (Eds.) International and Intercultural Communication Annual (Vol. 28, pp. 217-242). Newsbury Park, CA: Sage.

Burleson, B. R., Liu, M., Liu, Y., & Mortenson, S. (2006). Chinese evaluations of emotional support skills, goals, and behaviors:  An assessment of gender-related similarities and differences. Communication Research, 33, 38-63.

Mortenson, S., Liu, M., Burleson, B. R., & Liu, Y. (2006). Exploring cultural and individual differences (and similarities) related to skilled emotional support. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 37, 366-385. [Reprinted in D. A. Cai (Ed.) (2009). Intercultural communication: Sage benchmarks in communication (Vol. 3, pp. 366-385). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ]

Buzzanell, P. M., & Liu, M.  (2005). Struggling with maternity leave policies and practices: A poststructuralist feminist analysis of gendered organizing. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 33, 1-25.  [Outstanding Scholarly Article Award from the NCA Applied Communication Division and Outstanding Published Article Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender]                             

Buzzanell, P. M., Meisenbach, R., Remke, R., Liu, M., Bowers, V., & Conn, C. (2005). The good working mother: Managerial women’s sensemaking and feelings about work-family issues. Communication Studies, 56, 261-185.  

Liu, M., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2004). Negotiating maternity leave expectations: Perceived tensions between ethics of justice and care. Journal of Business Communication, 42, 323-349.

Classes Taught

COMM 3110/6110 Research Methods in Communication
COMM 3174/6174 Intercultural Communication
COMM 4199W Senior Seminar in Communication
COMM 6189 Intercultural Negotiation