The Department of Communication Studies
Phone: 646 312-3732
Location: VC 8241
Rebecca Merkin holds a BS in Nutrition from New York University, a MS in Management from Boston University, and a PhD in Communication from Kent State University.
Rebecca Merkin worked in management at McKinsey & Company, TPF&C, and Merrill Lynch before pursuing an academic career. Professor Merkin has published articles in numerous journals including the Atlantic Journal of Communication, International Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, Journal of Intercultural Communication, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Ohio Speech Journal, and International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She has given presentations on communication at conferences of the Academy of Management, Eastern Communication Association, National Communication Association, International Communication Association and the International Academy of Intercultural Research.
Professor Merkin teaches Communication Strategies, Managerial Communication, Communication for Executives, Interpersonal Communication, and Internship in Business and Public Communication in the undergraduate program and Research Methods in the graduate program. Current research interests include communication in organizations, intercultural communication, sexual harassment in the workplace, job satisfaction and social interaction processes such as impression management, facework communication, and job satisfaction.
Merkin, R. (in press) Cross-Cultural Communication Theory and Research, Overview. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed) International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Merkin, R., & Ramadan, R. (2016). Communication practices in the US and Syria. SpringerPlus, 5(1), 1-12. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-2486-9
Merkin, R. (2015). Pakistani Cultural Characteristics: Updated VSM Scores and Facework Geared Towards Increasing Women's Access to Education in Communicating Differences: Culture, Conflict, Peace Education, and Media--A Reader. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Merkin, R. (2015). The Relationship between Individualism/Collectivism: Consultation and Harmony Needs. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 39.
Merkin, R. S. & Shah, M. K. (2014). The impact of sexual harassment on job satisfaction, turnover intentions, and absenteeism: findings from Pakistan compared to the United States. SpringerPlus, 3, 215-227. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-215
Merkin, R., Taras, V., & Steel, P. (2013). State-of-the-art themes in cross-cultural communication research: A meta-analytic review. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 38, 1-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.10.004
Merkin, R. (2012). Sexual harassment indicators: The socio-cultural and cultural impact of marital status, age, education, race, and sex in Latin America. Intercultural Communication Studies, 21(1), 154-172.
Merkin, R. (2012). Middle Eastern impression management communication. Cross-Cultural Research, 46(2), 1-28. doi: 10.1177/1069397111424867
Merkin, R., & Gareis, E. (2011). The impact of communication ability on learning. Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 67, 10-26.
Merkin, R. (2011). Cultural processes [Review of the book Cultural processes: A social psychological perspective, by A. K.-Y. Leung, C.-Y. Chiu, & Y.-Y. Hong (Eds)]. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30(4), 456-459. doi:10.1177/0261927X11416209.
Gareis, E., Merkin, R., & Goldman, J. (2011). Intercultural Friendship: Linking Communication Variables and Friendship Success. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 40(2), 153-171. doi: 10.1080/17475759.2011.581034
Merkin, R., & Ramadan, R. (2010). Facework in Syria and the U.S.. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34(6), 661-669.
Merkin, R. (2010). Uncertainty avoidance. In R. Jackson (Ed.), The encyclopedia of identity. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Merkin, R. (2010). Cross-cultural reliability and validity of the aggressively-worded verbal aggressiveness scale. Communication Research Reports, 27, 90-95.
Merkin, R. (2009). Power distance and facework strategies. In D. Cai (Ed.), Intercultural communication, IV. London: Sage Publications.
Merkin, R. (2009). Cross-cultural differences in approach avoidance communication in South Korea and the US. Human Communication, 12, 199-213.
Merkin, R. (2009). Korean and American communication practices. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 20.
Merkin, R. (2009). South American perspectives on sexual harassment: The standpoint in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 10, 357-376.
Merkin, R. (2008). The impact of sexual harassment on turnover intentions, absenteeism, and job satisfaction: Findings from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 10, 73-91.
Merkin, R. (2008). Cross-cultural differences in perceiving sexual harassment: Demographic incidence rates of sexual harassment/sexual aggression in Latin America. North American Journal of Psychology, 10, 277-290.
Merkin, R. (2008) Sexual harassment and cultural issues: A conceptual review and integration of global communication developments. International Journal of Communication, 3, 193-210.
Merkin, R. (2006). Power distance and facework strategies. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 35, 139-160.
Merkin, R. (2006). Uncertainty avoidance and facework: A test of the Hofstede model. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 30, 213-228.
Merkin, R. (2005). The influence of masculinity-femininity on cross-cultural facework. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 34, 267-289.
Merkin, R. (2005). Measuring culture: The utility of verifying Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. In W. J. Starosta & G-M Chen (Eds.), International and Intercultural Annual (pp. 257-274).Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Merkin, R. (2004). Long term orientation and facework strategies. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 12, 163-176.
Merkin, R. (2000). Conversational strategies for face-threatening situations. In C. Waugh, W. Gorden, & K. Golden (Eds.), Let’s talk: A cognitive skills approach to interpersonal communication (pp. 59-63). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.