Meina Liu

Meina Liu

Meina Liu

Professor of Communication



Email: Meina Liu
Office Phone: (202) 994-1870
600 21st Street NW, Office 203 Washington DC 20052


  • Intercultural Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management

A major strand of Professor Liu’s research is concerned with cultural variations in the process through which emotions influence negotiators’ social cognition, interaction patterns, and negotiation outcomes in various deal-making and dispute resolution contexts via different communication channels. Professor Liu’s research also explores communication processes that facilitate or impede health and wellbeing at individual, family, community, and system levels, either from social constructionist, critical perspectives, or through social scientific, quantitative analyses. Dr. Liu’s work has appeared both in the communication field's premier journals, such as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and key specialty journals, such as Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, as well as interdisciplinary journals, such as Human Relations. She received numerous Top Paper Awards and Best Article Awards from the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.

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

Liu, M., *Chen, M., & *Ren, I. Y. (2022). Emotional communication in negotiation and dispute resolution across cultures. In M. B. Hinner (Ed.), No business without communication: How communication can shed additional light on specific business contexts. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang. 

Liu, M., & *Zhu, L. (2021). The role of relational goals in explicating dyadic emotional communication processes in dispute resolution: A Cross-cultural investigation. Communication Research, 48(7) 931-1084. DOI: 10.1177/0093650219831595

**Blair, M., & Liu, M. (2020). Ethnically Chinese and culturally American: How Chinese American adoptees navigate their bicultural identities. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 13(4), 347-365. 1-20. DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2019.1649710

Liu, M., & *Ren, I. Y. (2020). Communication, gender, and negotiation. In M. Olekalns & J. Kennedy (Eds.), Handbook of research on gender and negotiation (pp. 242-259). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.  

Liu, M., *Zhu, L., & *Cionea, I. (2019). What makes some intercultural negotiations more difficult than others? Power distance and culture-role combinations. Communication Research, 46(4), 555-574DOI: 10.1177/0093650216631096   

Liu, M. (2019). How power distance interacts with culture and status to explain intra- and intercultural negotiation behaviors: A multilevel analysis. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 12, 192-212. DOI: 10.1111/ncmr.12140

Liu, M. (2019). Communication and well-being in a multicultural society: An introduction to the special issue. China Media Research, 15(3), 1-4. 

Liu, M. & Wang, X. (2019). Organizational culture in context: The effect of team-level social support on Chinese bus drivers’ mental health. China Media Research, 15(3), 71-82.

**Shen, R., & Liu, M. (2019). Time-orientation, social media use, and coping style: Cultural similarities and differences in how and why we procrastinate. China Media Research, 15(3), 115-123. 

Liu, M. (2019). Preface. In Y. Cheng & L. Lu. Interpersonal Communication Studies. Beijing: Communication University of China Press. 

Liu, M. (2018). Culture and verbal communication styles. In Song, W. (Ed.) Innovative Talent Cultivation in Universities from the Perspective of Globalization (pp. 246-256). Qingdao, Shandong: China Ocean University Press. [Reprinted in J. Nussbaum (Ed.). Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. London: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1002/9781118540190.wbeic091]

Buzzanell, P. M., Remke, R. Meisenbach, R., Liu, M., Bowers, V., & Conn, C. (2017). Standpoints of maternity leave: Discourses of temporality and ability. Women’s Studies in Communication, 40, 67-90. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2015.1113451 [Reprinted In O’Brien Hallstein, L. (Ed). (2018).  Mothering rhetorics. New York, NY: Routledge Special Issues as Books (SPIBs) Programme.]

Liu, M., & *Zhu, L. (2017). Negotiation strategies across cultures. In Y. Y. Kim and K. McKay-Semmler (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. San Francisco, CA: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0251

Liu, M. (2017). Culture and communication. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.162

*Kim, J., & Liu, M. (2017). Primary data analysis. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. DOI: 10.4135/9781483381411.n456

*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. DOI: 10.1111/hcre.12084 

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. DOI: 10.1002/9781118540190.wbeic091

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. DOI: 10.1002/9781118540190.wbeic124

Liu, M. (2014).  Analyzing social interaction.  In P. Cobley & P. J. Schultz (Series Eds.) and C. R. Berger (Vol. Ed.), Handbooks of communication science Vol. 6, Interpersonal communication (pp. 127-151).  Berlin:  De Gruyter Mouton.

Liu M., & *Chai, S. (2014). Planning and preparing for effective negotiation. In M. Benoliel (Ed.), Negotiation excellence: Successful deal making 2nd edition (pp. 1-22). London, UK: World Scientific. [A revision of 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. (2013). A phasic analysis of strategy sequences and their mediating effects on goals and negotiation outcomes. Communication Research, 40, 337-359. DOI: 10.1177/0093650211408595                                                         

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.  DOI: 10.1075/japc.22.1.06liu

Liu, M. (2011). Cultural differences in goal-directed interaction patterns in negotiation. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 4, 178-199. DOI: 10.1111/j.1750-4716.2011.00079.x

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. DOI: 10.1177/0093650210362680 

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. DOI: 10.1177/0093650210362681 

Liu, M. (2009). The intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of anger on negotiation performance: A cross-cultural investigation. Human Communication Research35, 148-169. DOI: DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.2008.01342.x [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. DOI: 10.1080/17513050902985331

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. DOI: 10.1080/0363775080195272 [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. DOI: 10.1177/0018726707076688 

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. DOI: 10.1080/15267430701221644

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. DOI: 10.1177/0093650205283101 

Mortenson, S., Liu, M., Burleson, B. R., & Liu, Y. (2006). A fluency of feeling: Exploring cultural and individual differences (and similarities) related to skilled emotional support. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 37, 366-385. DOI: 10.1177/002202210628847  [Reprinted in D. A. Cai (Ed.). (2009). Intercultural communication: Sage benchmarks in communication(Vol. 3, pp. 366-385). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.]

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       

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. DOI: 10.1080/0090988042000318495 [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.  DOI: 10.1080/10510970500181389

Liu, M., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2004). Negotiating maternity leave expectations: Perceived tensions between ethics of justice and care. International Journal of Business Communication, 42, 323-349. 10.1177/0021943604268174


*  Master’s and doctoral advisee collaborators

** undergraduate student collaborators 


Ph.D., Purdue University

M.A., Tsinghua University

B.A., Beijing Language and Culture University