Elizabeth Hintz

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication


Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2021


Elizabeth Hintz (Ph.D. University of South Florida) is an Assistant Professor of Health Communication at the University of Connecticut since 2021. A native Wisconsinite, she received her M.A. from Purdue University and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Her research examines how people managing complex, stigmatized, and poorly understood health conditions experience and navigate challenging conversations with partners, family members, and clinicians. Her work can be found in journals such as Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Health Communication.

Elizabeth’s work has received more than a dozen top paper awards and numerous research and teaching awards. She is the 2023 recipient of both the Early Career Award from the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division and the 2023 Leslie A. Baxter Early Career Award from the NCA Family Communication Division. She has also been awarded the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship (NCA), Franklin H. Knower Outstanding Article Award (NCA Interpersonal Communication Division), Nancy Burrell Award (CSCA Interpersonal and Family Communication Division), Outstanding Dissertation Award (NCA Interpersonal Communication Division), Outstanding Dissertation Award (ICA Interpersonal Communication Division), Outstanding Dissertation Award (University of South Florida), Outstanding Qualitative Master’s Thesis Award (NCA Master’s Education Section), Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award (Organization for the Society of Communication, Language, and Gender), Arthur P. Bochner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Doctoral Studies (University of South Florida Department of Communication), and the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant (University of South Florida). Her work has appeared in outlets such as the BBC, WIRED U.K., ScienceLine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and NCA’s Communication Currents.

When not writing, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two fluffy orange cats, Keaton and Lionel.

Courses Taught

  • Graduate Courses
    • COMM5770: Health Communication
    • COMM5004: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
  • Undergraduate Courses
    • COMM3420: Health Communication
    • COMM3230: Family Communication

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Gender and Feminist Approaches
  • Qualitative Methods
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Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-9474
Mailing Address337 Mansfield Rd., Unit 1259, Storrs, CT 06269
Office Location242 ARJ