B.A., Eckerd College, 1999
M.A., Central Connecticut State University, 2004
Karen C. Piantek is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. Her research spans a broad array of topics across interpersonal communication and persuasion fields. With a background in literature and writing, Karen’s primary interests lean toward the study of rhetorical devices and strategies as they apply to certain communication contexts, especially sport, humor, politics, and public relations. Her secondary interest is in emotional communication, particularly the experience and expression of jealousy among different relational populations.
- Sport Communication
- Crisis Communication and Public Relations
- Offensive Language and Messages
- Message Sources and Strategies
- Jealousy Experience and Expression
- Political Communication
Select Conference Papers
Piantek, K. C. & Buck, R. (2017, November). The Effects of Attachment Style on Jealous Emotions in Reaction to Touch: A Comparative Analysis of Monogamous Versus Swinger and Polyamorous Partners in Romantic Relationships. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.
Piantek, K. C., & Lachlan, K. A. (2017, May). Testing Image Restoration Theory: An evaluation of public relations strategies after image-damaging events. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Piantek, K. C., & Lachlan, K. A. (2016, November). Polarizing organizations in crisis: The effects of extreme disposition and ego-involvement on message evaluation and ELM processing routes for image restoration messages. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Piantek, K. C., McGillicuddy, K. T., & Xu, X. (2016, November). Humor and Entertainment as Motivators to Follow Politics. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Piantek, K. C., Christensen, J. L., & Hamilton, M. A. (2015, November). Trash talk and fan attraction: The effects of emotional expectancy, language intensity, and verbal aggressiveness in the post-game interview as a persuasive message. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.