Prof. Rebecca Merkin

Rebecca Merkin

Phone: 646 312-3732
Location: VC 8241

Rebecca Merkin holds a BS from New York University, an 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 programs as well as 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. S. (2018). Saving face in business: Managing cross-cultural interactions. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Articles and Chapters in Books

Merkin, R. S. (in press). A cognitive behavioral approach towards bullying remediation. In E. Vanderheiden & C.-H. Mayer (Eds.), Transforming shame in culture and context: Practical applications and exercises for growth. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Gareis, E., Goldman, J., & Merkin, R. (in press). Promoting intercultural friendship among college students. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2018.1502339

Merkin, R. (2018). Cross-cultural communication theory and research: Overview. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781118783665jeicc0098

Merkin, R. S. (2017). From shame to guilt: The remediation of bullying across cultures and the U.S. In E. Vanderheiden & C.-H. Mayer (Eds.), The value of shame (pp. 223-248). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi 10.1007/978-3-319-53100-7_10

Merkin, R. (2016). Pakistani cultural characteristics: Updated VSM scores and facework geared towards increasing women's access to education. In S. Roy & I. S. Shaw (Eds.), Communicating differences: Culture, conflict, peace education, and media: A reader (pp. 168-181). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Merkin, R., & Ramadan, R. (2016). Communication practices in the US and Syria. SpringerPlus, 5(1), 1-12. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-2486-9

Ramadan, R. M., & Merkin, R. S. (2016). The mediating role of general self-efficacy on the relationship between culture and communication behavior of Syrians. International Journal of Social Science & Human Behavior Study, 3(2), 43-52.

Merkin, R. (2015). The relationship between individualism/collectivism: Consultation and harmony needs. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 39, 1-21.

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. (2014). 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

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. (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.

Merkin, R., & Gareis, E. (2011). The impact of communication ability on learning. Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 67, 10-26.

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 (pp. 849-852). Newbury Park, CA: SAGE.

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. A. Cai (Ed.), Intercultural communication: SAGE benchmarks in communication, Vol. 4. Managing intercultural communication (pp. 281-303). London, United Kingdom: SAGE.

Merkin, R. (2009). Cross-cultural communication patterns: Korean and American communication practices. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 20, 1-11.

Merkin, R. (2009). Cross-cultural differences in approach avoidance communication in South Korea and the US. Human Communication, 12, 199-213.

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, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

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