Caryn Medved Caryn Medved

Phone: 646 312-3726
Location: VC 8242


Caryn Medved received her doctoral degree in speech communication from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations-human resource management from Michigan State University, and her BA in communication from Michigan State University.

Her research agenda focuses on issues of work and life balance, including dual-career couple negotiations, identity struggles for stay-at-home mothers, single-employee backlash in the workplace, and work and family socialization. She is currently conducting a study of stay-at-home fathers and breadwinning mothers funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. See additional information about this project from the September issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Caryn has conducted communication-related training for private industry and non-profit organizations including: the International Mass Retailers Association (IMRA), Wal-mart Corporation, Institute for Local Government and Rural Development and the Human Resource Institutes at Ohio University. She has also conducted training workshops and served on panels devoted to issues of work and family balance for the Columbus Metropolitan Club and the Academy of Leadership and Governance.

Select Publications

Medved, C. E. & Rawlins, W. K. (2011). At home fathers and breadwinning mothers: Variations in constructing work and family lives. Women & Language, 39, 9-39.

Medved, C. E. & Turner, L. (2011). Qualitative practices and practicing reflexivity. Women & Language, 39, 109-113.

Medved, C.E. (2011). Book Review: Unfinished revolution: How a new generation is reshaping work, family and gender in America by Kathleen Gerson. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 312-313.

Medved, C. E. (2010). Work and family communication. In S. Sweet & J. Casey (Eds.), Work and family encyclopedia. Chestnut Hill, MA: Sloan Work and Family Research Network.

Medved, C. E. (2009). Gender crossing, work and family configurations and career outcomes. In S. Sweet & J. Casey (Eds.), Work and family encyclopedia. Chestnut Hill, MA: Sloan Work and Family Research Network. 

Medved, C. E. (2009). Positioning breadwinning mother identities. Women’s Studies Quarterly, 37(3&4), 136-152.

Medved, C. E. (2009). Women at the top: Powerful leaders tell us how to combine work and family, by Diane Halpern and Fanny Cheung. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 1.

Medved, C. E. (2009). Crossing and transforming occupational and household divisions of labor: Reviewing literatures and deconstructing divisions. In C. Beck (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (pp. 457-484). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Broadfoot, K., Carlone, D., Medved, C. E. Aakaus, M., Gabor, E., & Taylor, K. (2008). Meaningful work and organizational communication: Troubling boundaries, questioning positionality and empirical engagements. Management Communication Quarterly, 22, 152-161.

Medved, C. E. (2008). “When do I get break?”: Unexpected emotions of a stay at home dad. In E. L. Kirby & M. C. McBride (Eds.), Gender actualized: Cases In Communicatively Constructing Realities (pp. 67-69). Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Press. 

Medved, C. E. (2008). Opting Out? Why women really quit careers and head home. [Review of the book Opting Out? Why women really quit careers and head home, by P. Stone]. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1325-1330.

Medved, C. E. (2008). Excavating the rhetorical roots of work for scholars and teachers of organizational communication. Journal of Communication Studies, 1, 1.

Medved, C. E. (2007). Special Issue Introduction: Investigating family labor in communication studies: Threading across historical and contemporary discourses. Journal of Family Communication, 7, 1-19.

Medved, C. E., Novak, D. (2006). The ethics of work and family. In S.K. May (Ed.), Case Studies in Organizations: Ethical Perspectives and Practices, 49-58.

Medved, C. E., & Graham, E. E. (2006). Communicating contradictions: (Re)Producing dialectical tensions through work, family, and balance memorable messages. Turner, L.H., & West, R. (Eds.). The Sourcebook for Family Communication (pp. 353-372). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Medved, C. E., Brogan, S., McClanahan, A. M., Morris, J. F., & Shepherd, G. J. (2006). Work and Family Socializing Communication: Messages, Gender, and Power. Journal of Family Communication, 6, 161-180.

Medved, C. E., & Kirby, E. L. (2005). Family CEOs: A feminist analysis of corporate mothering discourses. Management Communication Quarterly, 18, 435-478.

Hubbell, A. P., Chorry-Assad, R., Medved, C. E. (2005). A New Approach to Organizational Deception. The North American Journal of Psychology, 7, 171-180.

Medved, C. E. (2004). The everyday accomplishment of work and family: Accounting for practical actions and commonsense rules in everyday routines. Communication Studies, 55, 128-154.

Medved, C. E., & Apker, J. (2003; 2nd ed. 2005). Stress, burnout, and work-family conflict: Managing multiple roles during an organizational merger. In J. Keyton & P. Shockley-Zalabak (Eds.), Case Studies for Organizational Communication: Understanding Communication Processes (pp. 330-344). Roxbury Press: Los Angeles, CA.

Kirby, E., Golden, A., Medved, C. E., Jorgenson, J., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2003). Exploring organizational communication problematics for empowerment: Challenging and revisioning the discourse of work and family research. In P. Kalbfleish (Ed.), Communication Yearbook, 21 (pp. 1-44).

Modaff, D. P., & Medved, C. E. (2002). Illustrating the complexities of supervisor-subordinate communication. Communication Teacher, 17, 8-10.

Medved, C. E., & Heisler, J. (2002) Critical student-faculty interactions: Non-traditional students manage multiple roles. Communication Education, 51, 105-120.

Medved, C. E., Morrison, K., Dearing, J. W., Larson, R. S., Cline, G., & Brummans, B. H. J. (2001). Tensions in community health initiatives: Communication and collaboration in a managed care environment. Journal of Applied Communication, 29, 137-152.  

Miller, V. D., & Medved, C. E. (2000). Dialogue: Managing after the merger: The challenges of employee feedback and performance appraisals.  Management Communication Quarterly, 13, 659-667.

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