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Kendra Knight

  • Assistant Professor
  • ​​​​​​PhD​​ (Arizona State University)​​​​​​
  • Communication and Media; Communication Studies
  • (312) 362-7349
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  • 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1809​

Kendra Knight is an assistant professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication. She received her MA and PhD in Human Communication from Arizona State University. She researches “casual” sexual relationships and experiences (e.g., friends with benefits), work/family communication, and interpersonal conflict and transgressions. She teaches classes in interpersonal communication theory, quantitative research methods, conflict management, and work/family communication.

She has published her research in a variety of journals including Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Family Communication, Western Journal of Communication, and Emerging Adulthood.

Knight is an active member of the National Communication Association and the Work Family Researchers Network. She is a past board member of the International Association of Relationship Research.

Selected Publications​

  • Yoon, K., Knight, K, & Martin, D. (2019). Deceiving team members about competence: Its motives and consequences. Western Journal of Communication, 2, 210-231. DOI:
  • Knight, K., & Alberts, J. K. (2018). Response thresholds and demand/withdraw communication in domestic labor conflict. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 110-123. DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2018.1427588
  • Knight, K. (2018). Transgressor communication after committing a hurtful relational event: Associations with attributed intent, blame, guilt, responsibility, and perceived forgiveness. Western Journal of Communication, 82, 475-492. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2017.1325925
  • Knight, K. & Wiedmaier, B. (2015). "Emerging adults’ casual sexual involvements and the ideal worker norm". In A. Martinez & L. Miller (Eds.), Challenging Social Norms & Gender Marginalization in a Transitional Era. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Knight, K. (2014). "Communicative dilemmas in emerging adults’ friends with benefits relationships: Challenges to relational talk". Emerging Adulthood, 2(4). DOI: 10.1177/2167696814549598

Awards and Recognition

  • Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2013, National Communication Association
  • Early Career Scholars Fellowship, 2013-2015, Work Family Researchers Network