Wendy Riemann

Wendy Riemann

Wendy Riemann

Adjunct Professor of Communication



Email: Wendy Riemann
600 21st Street NW Washington DC 20052

Areas of Expertise

  • Relationship dissolution 
  • Relationship wellness
  • Broken marriage engagements
  • Social support

Current Research

Dr. Riemann's research focuses on relationship dissolution, specifically broken marriage engagements. She examines why relationships end, social support encountered in the process, including helpful and unhelpful messages, and other relational factors surrounding breakups and moving forward afterward.

Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Riemann consulted, worked in state and federal government, including on Capitol Hill, and at a public affairs firm. She developed an interest in health communication while working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Wisconsin native, Dr. Riemann also spent time in Florida, serving as a speechwriter to the governor, and as the communications director at the Florida Department of Health, where her team won an Emmy for a public service campaign. 

Most Recent Publication

Wright, K. B., Riemann, W., & Fisher, C. L. (2022). Work–life-imbalance during the COVID-19 pandemic exploring social support and health outcomes in the United States. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 50(1), 54-69. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2021.1965186 


  • Ph.D., Communication, George Mason University
  • M.A., Communication, Johns Hopkins University 
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Wisconsin  


COMM 2120 Small Group Communication

COMM 3177 Corporate Ethical Communication

COMM 6171 Professional Communication