Margaret Bennett


B.A., Communication, Truman State University, 2013
M.A., Communication, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015


Maggie Bennett is a third year PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut.  Maggie’s research interests focus on interpersonal communication, specifically during and post sex communication.  Her current projects are examining the effects of media, technology, and personality on sexual communication within committed and casual romantic relationships.

Courses Taught

  • Comm 1000: The Process of Communication
  • Comm 1100: Principles of Public Speaking
  • Comm 3200: Interpersonal Communication
  • Comm 4220W: Small Group Communication

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Sexual Communication
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Sexual Media

Research Affiliations

Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)

Center for Interpersonal Acceptance & Rejection

Interpersonal Interaction Lab

Select Publications

Denes, A., Bennett, M., & Winkler, K.L. (2017). Exploring the benefits of affectionate communication: Implications for interpersonal acceptance and rejection theory. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 9(4), in press.

Select Conference Papers

Bennett, M. (2017, November). Lying in bed: An analysis of deceptive affectionate messages in casual romantic relationships. Paper/poster to be presented at the annual meeting of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in San Juan, PR.


Bennett, M., LoPresti, B.J., McGloin, R., & Denes, A. (2017, November). Pornography’s affect: Considering the influence of pornography on sexual desire and relationship satisfaction in emerging adults’ romantic relationships within the context of affectionate exchange theory. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Dallas, TX.


Denes, A. Crowley, J.P., & Bennett, M. (2017, May). Communication between the sheets: Investigating the associations among communication during sexual activity, orgasm, post sex communication, and relationship satisfaction. Paper/poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association in San Diego, CA.


Denes, A., Crowley, J.P., Ponivas, A., Dhillon, A., Winkler, K.L., & Bennett, M. (2016, November). Does pillow talk affect relationship satisfaction and physiological stress responses?: Preliminary results from the pillow talk experiment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Philadelphia, PA.


Curriculum Vitae