Ioana A. Cionea



Dr. Ioana A. Cionea
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2013


Office Phone: 405-325-3018

Office: Burton Hall, Room 130

Office Hours: T 3:00-4:00, R 9:15-10:15



Classes Fall 2016 semester:

COMM 3483 Communication & Argumentation

COMM 4513 International Communication 

Academic Interests: 

My research interests are at the intersection of intercultural and interpersonal communication, with a focus on argumentative behaviors. More specifically, I study how people from different cultures argue with each other in their interpersonal relationships. I was introduced to the world of communication studies via forensics, and the experience of working with debaters at international summer camps has had a profound influence on my research agenda.

I am currently pursuing two major areas of research. First, I am interested in the role, functions, and specific enactments of arguing behaviors in other cultures. Second, I am interested in arguing in close relationships, especially in the topic of serial arguments (repetitive exchanges about the same topic that occur between two individuals). My research approach is primarily quantitative. I am also interested in quantitative models of human behavior and measurement issues.

Representative Publications:

Johnson, A. J., & Cionea, I. A. (in press). Serial arguments in interpersonal relationships: Relational dynamics and interdependence. In J. Samp (Ed.), Communicating interpersonal conflict in close relationships (pp. XX). New York, NY: Routledge.

Cionea, I. A., Johnson, A. J., Bruscella, J., & Van Gilder, B. (2015). Taking conflict personally and the use of the demand/withdraw pattern in intraethnic serial arguments. Argumentation and Advocacy, Special Issue: 30 Years of Research, 52, 32-43.

Cionea, I. A. & Hample, D. (2015). Serial argument topics. Argumentation and Advocacy, Special Issue: 30 Years of Research, 52, 75-88.

Cionea, I. A., Hopârtean, A.-M., Hoelscher, C. S., Iles, I. A., & Straub, S. K. (2015). A content analysis of arguing behaviors: A case study of Romania as compared to the United States. Argumentation and Advocacy, 51, 255-272.

Richards, A. S., & Cionea, I. A. (2015). Extending the argument engagement model: Expected utility and interacting traits as predictors of the intent to argue with friends. Journal of Argumentation in Context, 4, 110-133.

Johnson, A. J., Hample, D., & Cionea, I. A. (2014). Understanding argumentation in interpersonal communication: The implications of distinguishing between public and personal topics. Communication yearbook, 38, 144-173.

Cionea, I. A., Hample, D., & Fink, E. L. (2014). Dialogue types: A scale development study. In D. Mohammed & M. Lewinski (Eds.), Virtues of Argumentation: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), Windsor, ON: OSSA. [CD-ROM]

Hample, D., & Cionea, I. A. (2012). Serial arguments in inter-ethnic relationships. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, 430-445. doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2011.12.006

Cionea, I. A. (2011). Dialogue and interpersonal communication: How informal logic can enhance our understanding of the dynamics of close relationships. Cogency, 3, 93-105.

Cionea, I. A., Hample, D., & Paglieri, F. (2011). A test of the argument engagement model in Romania. In F. Zenker (Ed.), Argumentation: Cognition and Community: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), Windsor, ON: OSSA.

Hample, D., & Cionea, I. A. (2010). Taking conflict personally and its connections to aggressiveness. In T. A. Avtgis & A. S. Rancer (Eds.), Arguments, aggression, and conflict: New directions in theory and research (pp. 372-387). New York, NY: Routledge.