Valerie Manusov 2015 (150x200)-4146Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1989

Office: CMU 353

Valerie Manusov (PhD, University of Southern California, 1989), Professor, has served as Chair for the Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association and for the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association. Professor Manusov teaches courses in Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication at the graduate and undergraduate level and leads the departmental honors program. She is the co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Nonverbal Communication, and the editor or co-editor of two other volumes. Her recent research focuses primarily on the ways in which nonverbal events are interpreted and how such discourse represents particular views about the nature of nonverbal communication, cultural values, relational quality, and other attributes. Currently, she is working on a research team investigating how mindfulness plays out in interpersonal relationships and serves on UW’s Graduate Council.

Selected Publications


Manusov, V., & Patterson, M. L. (Eds.) (2006). The Sage handbook of nonverbal communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Manusov, V. (Ed.) (2005). The sourcebook of nonverbal measures: Going beyond words. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Manusov, V., & Harvey, J. H. (Eds.). (2001). Attribution, communication behavior, and close relationships.  Cambridge, ENGLAND: Cambridge University Press.

Canary, D. J., Cody, M. J., & Manusov, V. (2008). Interpersonal communication: A goals-based approach. 4th ed.  New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.

Articles Since 2000

Manusov, V., & Keeley, M. P. (2015). When family talk is difficult: Making sense of nonverbal communication at the end-of-life. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 387-409.  doi: 10.1080/15267431.2015.1076424

Harvey-Knowles, J. A, Manusov, V., & Crowley, J. P. (2015). Minding your matters: Predicting relational satisfaction, commitment, and conflict styles from trait-mindfulness. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 9(1), 44-58. doi: 10.5964/ijpr.v9i1.168.

Docan-Morgan, T., Manusov, V., & Harvey, J. (2013). When a small thing means so much: Nonverbal cues as turning points in relationships. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships7, 110-124. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i1.119

Manusov, V. (2011). Being civil with ourselves. Spectra, 47, 16-19.

Manusov, V., & Harvey, J. (2011). Bumps and tears on the road to the presidency: Media framing of two nonverbal events in the 2008 Democratic election. Western Journal of Communication75, 282-303. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2011.571650.

Rivenburgh, N. K., & Manusov, V. (2010). Decentering as a research design strategy for international and intercultural research. Journal of International Communication16, 23-40. doi: 10.1080/13216597.2010.9674757

Milstein, T., & Manusov, V. (2009). Opposition in Israeli media: Reflections of multiple cultural identities in coverage of the Rabin-Arafat handshake. Howard Journal of Communication20, 353-369. doi: 10.1080/10646170903300796.

Lewis, T. J., & Manusov, V. (2009). Listening to another’s distress in everyday relationships. Communication Quarterly, 57, 282-301. doi:10.1080/01463370903107279.

Docan-Morgan, T., & Manusov, V. (2009). Relational turning point events and their outcomes in college teacher-student relationships from students’ perspectives. Communication Education, 58, 74-107. (lead article) doi: 10.1080/03634520802515713.

Manusov, V., & Milstein, T.  (2005). Interpreting nonverbal communication: Representation and transformation frames in Israeli and Palestinian media coverage of the 1993 Rabin-Arafat handshake. Western Journal of Communication, 69, 183-201. doi: 10.1080/10570310500202322.

Manusov, V., Koenig Kellas, J., & Trees, A. R.  (2004). Do unto others…? Conversational moves and perceptions of attentiveness toward other face in accounting sequences between friends. Human Communication Research, 30, 514-539.

Doohan, E. M., & Manusov, V. (2004). The communication of compliments in romantic relationships: An investigation of relational satisfaction and sex differences and similarities in compliment behavior. Western Journal of Communication, 68, 170-194.

Koenig Kellas, J., & Manusov, V. (2003). What’s in a story? The influence of narrative completeness on tellers’ adjustment to relationship dissolution.  Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 20, 285-308.

Manusov, V., & Trees, A. R. (2002). “‘Are you kidding me?’ The role of nonverbal cues in the verbal accounting process.”  Journal of Communication, 52, 640-656.  (Special issue on the relationship between language and nonverbal communication).

Warnick, B., & Manusov, V.  (2000). The organization of justificatory discourse in interaction: A comparison within and across cultures. Argumentation, 14, 381-404.

Book Chapters Since 2000

Manusov. V. (in press). A cultured look at nonverbal cues. In L. Chen (Ed.), Handbook of intercultural communication. To be published by De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin Germany.

Floyd, K., & Manusov, V. (in press). Biological versus social signaling systems. In J. K. Burgoon, A. Vinciarelli, M. Pantic, & N. Magnenat-Thalmann (Eds.), Social signal processing. To be published by Cambridge University Press.

Manusov, V. (2016). The history of nonverbal communication research: Our divergent pasts and their contemporary legacies. In D. Matsumoto, H. Hwang, & M. Frank (Eds.), APA handbook of nonverbal communication (pp. 3-15). American Psychological Association.

Manusov, V. (2015). Mindfulness as morality: Awareness, nonjudgment, and nonreactivity in couples’ communication. In V. Waldron & D. Kelley (Eds.), Developing good relationships: Moral communication across the lifespan (pp. 183-201). New York: Peter Lang.

Manusov, V., & Harvey-Knowles, J. A. (2015). On being (and becoming) mindful: One pathway to greater resilience. In G. Beck & T. Socha (Eds.), Communicating hope and resilience across the lifespan (pp. 15-33). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Manusov, V., Docan-Morgan, T., & Harvey, J. (2014). Nonverbal firsts: When nonverbal cues are the impetus of relational and personal change in romantic relationships. In D. Chadee & A. Kostic (Eds.), Social psychology of nonverbal communication (pp. 153-172). New York: Palgrave-McMillan Press.

Spitzberg, B. H., & Manusov, V. (2014).  Attributes of attribution theory: Finding good cause in the search for theory.  In D. O. Braithwaite & P. Schrodt (Eds.), Engaging theories in interpersonal communication (2nd ed., pp. 37-50). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Manusov, V., & Doohan, E. M. (2011). “My facial expression showed her that the woman could talk forever!”: Meanings assigned to nonverbal cues used in relationships. In D. Chadee & A. Kostic (Eds.), Research in social psychology (pp. 69-92). Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.

Burgoon, J. K., Guerrero, L., & Manusov, V. (2011). Nonverbal signals. In M. L. Knapp & J. A. Daly (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal communication (4th ed., pp. 239-282). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Manusov, V.  (2008). Stereotypes and nonverbal cues: Showing how we feel about others during cross-cultural interactions.  In L. K. Guerrero & M. L. Hecht (Eds.), Nonverbal communication reader: Classic and contemporary readings, 3rd ed.  (pp. 314-320). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Manusov, V., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2008).  Attributes of attribution theory: Finding good cause in the search for theory.  In D. O. Braithwaite & L. A. Baxter (Eds.), Engaging theories in interpersonal communication (pp. 37-49).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Manusov, V. (2007).  Attributions and interpersonal communication: Out of our heads and into behavior.  In D. R. Rosko-Ewoldson & J. Monahan (Eds.), Communication and social cognition: Theories and methods (pp. 141-169).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Manusov, V., & Jaworski, A. (2006). Casting nonverbal behavior in the media: Representations and responses.  In V. Manusov & M. L. Patterson (Eds.), Handbook of nonverbal communication (pp. 237-255).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Patterson, M. L., & Manusov, V. (2006). Nonverbal communication: Basic issues and future prospects. In V. Manusov & M. L. Patterson (Eds.), Handbook of nonverbal communication (pp. 522-532).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Manusov, V. (2005).  Attribution theories: Assessing causal and responsibility judgments in families.  In D. O. Braithwaite & L. A. Baxter (Eds.), Engaging theories in family communication (pp. 181-196). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Being revised for 2nd ed.

Manusov, V. (2004).  Measuring attributions given to nonverbal cues. In V. Manusov (Ed.), The sourcebook of measures for nonverbal behavior: Going beyond words (pp. 335-346).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Manusov, V. (2002).  Thought and action: Connecting attributions to behaviors in married couples’ interactions. In P. Noller & J. A. Feeney (Eds.), Understanding marriage: Developments in the study of couple interactions (pp. 14-31). Cambridge, ENGLAND: Cambridge University Press. (lead chapter).

Manusov, V., & Koenig, J. (2001). The content of attributions for nonverbal behaviors in marital interaction. In V. Manusov & J. H. Harvey (Eds.), Attribution, communication behavior, and close relationships (pp. 134-152). Cambridge, ENGLAND: Cambridge University Press.