Education: PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012)
Dr. Haley Kranstuber Horstman researches communicated sense-making in the context of family diversity and difficulty. She grounds much of her work in narrative theorizing and methodology. Haley often studies diverse families as a context ripe with sense-making. Currently, she is working on several grant-funded projects studying communicated sense-making in the contexts of miscarriage, open adoptive families, and mother-daughter relationships. Her work has been published in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Family Communication.
Haley has been awarded eleven Top Paper and Top Panel Awards for her work at international, national, and regional conferences. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Phyllis Japp Scholar Award, and Centennial Fellowship. At MU, she has been awarded the Outstanding Advisor Award in the Communication Department. Haley was recently awarded the MU South Africa Exchange Program Grant to travel to South Africa to study communicated sense-making about apartheid amongst families in Cape Town.
Haley is the program director for the 2018 Communication and Culture in Tuscany program, located in Siena, Italy (https://communication.missouri.edu/undergrad/abroad). She served as the assistant program director for 2016 and 2017 summer terms.
Along with Dr. Colleen Colaner, Haley is a founder and co-director of the Institute of Family Diversity and Communication (www.ifdc.missouri.edu), an interdisciplinary working group of researcher examining issues facing modern families.
Frequently Taught Courses
COMMUN 3561 – Relational Communication
COMMUN 3422 – Communication Research Methods
COMMUN 9330 – Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication – Narratives in and about Personal Relationships
COMMUN 9330 – Seminar in Family Communication
Selected Recent Publications
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Colaner, C. W., Horstman, H.K., & Rittenour, C. R. (In press). An adoption-centered common ingroup identity model: Adult adoptees’ well-being, adoptive identity, and shared family identity with adoptive and birth parents. Western Journal of Communication.
Horstman, H.K., & Holman, A. (2017). Communicated sense-making after miscarriage: A dyadic analysis of husband and wife communicated perspective-taking, affect, and parenting role salience. Health Communication. [online publication first] doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1351852
Horstman, H.K., *Butauski, M., *Johnsen, L., & Colaner, C. W. (2017). The communication privacy management of adopted individuals in their social networks: Disclosure decisions in light of the discourse of biological normativity. Communication Studies. [online publication first] doi:10.1080/10510974.2017.1324890
Koenig Kellas, J., Carr, K, Horstman, H.K., & DiLillo, D. (2017). Communicated perspective-taking in marriage: Developing the CPT Observational Rating Scheme and testing actor and partner effects on marital satisfaction and mental health. Personal Relationships. [online publication first] doi:10.1111/pere.12177
*Nelson, L., & Horstman, H.K. (2017). Communicated meaning-making in foster families: Relationships between foster parents’ entrance narratives and foster child well-being. Communication Quarterly, 65, 144-166. doi:10.1080/01463373.2016.1215337
Horstman, H. K., Anderson, J., & Kuehl, R. A. (2017). Making sense of the role of a doula in childbirth: Implications for the U.S. master birth narrative. Health Communication, 32, 1510-1519. doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1234537
Horstman, H.K., *Maliski, R., *Hays, A., *Cox, J., *Enderle, A., & *Nelson, L.R. (2016). Unfolding narrative meaning over time: The cognitive and communicative components of narrative sense-making and well-being in mother-daughter conversations of difficulty. Communication Monographs, 83, 326-348. doi:10.1080/03637751.2015.1068945
Thorson, A. R., & Horstman, H.K. (2016). Unpacking the consumer socialization model: Emerging adults, family communication patterns, and financial socialization. Western Journal of Communication. [online publication first] doi:10.1080/10570314.2016.1263361
Horstman, H.K., Colaner, C.W., & Rittenour, C. (2016). Contributing factors of adult adoptees’ identity work and self-esteem: Family communication patterns and adoption-specific communication. Journal of Family Communication. [online publication first] doi:10.1080/15267431.2016.1181069
Horstman, H. K., *Hays, A., & *Maliski, R. (2016). Parent-child interaction. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. New York, NY: University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.278 http://communication.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228613-e-278
*Hays, A., & Horstman, H.K., Colaner, C. W., & *Nelson, L.R. (2016). “She chose us to be your parents”: Exploring the content and process of adoption entrance narratives told in families formed through open adoption. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 33, 917-937. doi:10.1177/0265407515611494