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Barbara Jago

Phone: (603) 641-4106
Office: Communication Arts & Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, RM 485, Manchester, NH 03101

Barbara J. Jago is Social Science Division Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Arts. After receiving an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, an M.A. in Secondary Science Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida, Dr. Jago joined the UNH Manchester faculty in 1998 where she teaches courses and conducts research in relational communication. She teaches a variety of courses in relational communication including Gender, Language and Interaction, Communicating in Families, Theories of Relational Communication, and Narrative. In 2004, she was honored with the UNH-Manchester Teaching Excellence award.

Her research seeks to understand how we make sense of our selves and our relationships through storytelling, and how we can use that understanding to improve our individual and collective lives. In particular, her work focuses on identity and emotion within the contexts of the family and the academy. She has been published in a variety of academic journals including Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Loss and Trauma, and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Currently, she is working on a manuscript about the role of emotion in learning.

For more information on Dr. Jago's teaching and research, please visit her website.

Courses Taught

  • CA 501: Intrnshp/Comn Urban Community
  • CA 538: Gender
  • CA 539: Communicating in Families
  • CA 612: Narrative
  • CMN 457: Intro Lang & Soc Interaction
  • UMST 500: Internship


  • Ph.D., Communications, University of South Florida
  • M.A., Cinematography&Film/Video Prod, New York University
  • M.A., Social Sciences, University of South Florida
  • B.A., Anthropology, Smith College

Artistic Activities & Publications

  • Jago, B. (2019). Solid as cracked granite: Living alone at mid-life. In C. Kiesinger, & L. Peterson (Eds.), Narrating mid-life: Crisis, transition, transformation. Lanham, MD: Lexington.

  • Jago, B. J. (2015). Tracing Mom: An Autoethnographic Short Story. QUALITATIVE INQUIRY, 21(8), 675-677. doi:10.1177/1077800414563807

  • Jago, B. J. (2015). My Sleep Fest: An Autoethnographic Short Story. HEALTH COMMUNICATION, 30(1), 96-99. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.891453

  • The Abortion Monologues (2013).

  • The Abortion Monologues (2012).

  • Jago, B. J. (2011). Shacking Up: An Autoethnographic Tale of Cohabitation. QUALITATIVE INQUIRY, 17(2), 204-219. doi:10.1177/1077800410393889

  • Jago, B. J. (2006). A primary act of imagination - An autoethnography of father-absence. QUALITATIVE INQUIRY, 12(2), 398-426. doi:10.1177/1077800405284599

  • Jago, B. J. (2005). The car radio: An autoethnographic short story. JOURNAL OF LOSS & TRAUMA, 10(1), 1-6. doi:10.1080/15325020490890598

  • Jago, B. J. (2002). Chronicling an academic depression. JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ETHNOGRAPHY, 31(6), 729-757. doi:10.1177/089124102237823

  • Jago, B. J. (1996). Postcards, Ghosts, and Fathers: Revising Family Stories. Qualitative Inquiry, 2(4), 495-516. doi:10.1177/107780049600200406

  • Most Cited Publications