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Rudy Pett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Courses Taught

Public Speaking


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., University of Richmond

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Close relationships
  • Disclosure
  • Relationship complaints

Publications and Media Placements

  • Sillars, A., Pett, R. C., Canary, D. J., & Vangelisti, A. L. (2021). Conflict and relational quality in families. In A. L. Vangelisti (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of family communication (3rd ed.). Routledge.
  • Pett, R. C., & Zhong, L. (2020). Theories of relational communication. In D. Usera (Ed.), Communicating to connect: Interpersonal communication for today. Retrieved from CC-BY-NC-SA 1.0 license.
  • Dailey, R. M., Zhong, L., Pett, R. C., & Varga, S. (2020). Post-dissolution ambivalence, breakup adjustment, and relationship reconciliation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships37(5), 1604–1625.
  • Dailey, R. M., Zhong, L., Pett, R. C., Scott, D. N., & Krawietz, C. E. (2020). Investigating relationship dispositions as explanations for on-again/off-again relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships37(1), 201-211.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Communication Association