Lynne M. Webb (PhD, University of Oregon, 1980) is a professor of communication at the University of Arkansas. She previously held tenured appointments at the University of Florida and the University of Memphis.
Lynne has published two scholarly readers, Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships and Communication for Families in Crisis: Theories, Methods, Strategies. More than 70 of her essays have been published, including articles in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Computers in Human Behavior, and Health Communication.
Known as an applied scholar and groundbreaking researcher in social media and family communication, Lynne has published multiple theories, research reports, and pedagogical essays. She has received numerous research, service, and teaching awards during her 30+ years as a college professor. In 2012, she was named a Master Researcher by the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She served as president of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) and on the governing board of the National Communication Association (NCA).
Lynne’s chapter in Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers continues her long history of work as a feminist scholar. She is a life member of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Lynne served as chair of both the NCA’s Women’s Caucus and the SSCA’s Gender Studies Division. For over two decades, she has reviewed papers and proposals for relevant units in three associations: SSCA, NCA, and the International Communication Association (ICA).
In 2001, Lynne was named an Outstanding Gender Scholar by the Southern States Communication Association. She has presented dozens of conference papers related to issues of sex and gender, many of which earned top paper awards. Her scholarship has appeared in feminist publication outlets such as the edited volume Race/Gender/Media (3rd edition), the journal Women’s Studies in Communication, the newsletter Women in Higher Education, and the reference work The Sage Encyclopedia of Gender in Media.
Lynne has been teaching a graduate seminar titled Issues of Race and Gender in Interpersonal Communication for over 15 years. In 2006, an MA thesis she directed—Kristen M. Norwood’s “Women in Conflict: An Exploratory Study of Conflict Between Women in Initial Interactions”—won the 2006 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Thesis Award.
Below is a selective bibliography of her relevant published works.
Lee, B. D., & Webb, L. M. In press. “The ICC (Identity, Content, Community) Theory of Blog Participation: Mommy Blogs as Exemplar.” In R. A. Lind, Ed., Producing Theory: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in a Digital World. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.
Hans, M. L., Lee, B. D., Tinker, K. A., & Webb, L. M. 2011. “Online Performances of Gender: Blogs, Gender-Bending, and Cybersex as Relational Exemplars.” In K. B. Wright & L. M. Webb, Eds., Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships (pp. 302–323). New York: Peter Lang Publishers. Nominated for a 2012 award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.
Webb, L. M., & Lee, B. S. 2011. “Mommy Blogs: The Centrality of Community in the Performance of Online Maternity.” In M. Moravec, Ed., Motherhood Online: How Online Communities Shape Modern Motherhood (pp. 244–257). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Webb, L. M., Bourgerie, A. J., Shaper, M. W., Johnson, K. B., Dubbs, K. L., Mountain, K. N., Harp, K. K., & Walker, A. M. 2004. “Gender and Diversity in Family Communication: A Content Analysis of the Four Undergraduate Textbooks.” Journal of Family Communication, 4, 35–52.
Webb, L. M., Walker, K. L., & Bollis-Pecci, T. S. 2004. “Feminist Pedagogy in the Teaching of Research Methods.” International Journal of Social Research and Methodology, 7, 415–428.
Webb, L. M., Walker, K. L., Bollis, T. S., & Hebbani, A. G. 2003. “Perceived Parental Communication, Gender, and Young Adults’ Self-Esteem: Male, Female, and Universal Path Models” (pp. 197–224). In Williams, M. R. & Backlund, P., Eds. Readings in Gender Communication. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Webb, L. M., Allen, M. W., & Walker, K. L. 2002. “Feminist Pedagogy: Identifying Basic Principles.” Academic Exchange Quarterly, 6, 67–72.
Webb, L. M., & McGehee, C. 2002. “Negotiating the Academic Job Contract.” Women in Higher Education [a three-part series], Sept., pp. 30–31; Oct., pp. 30–31; and Nov., pp. 29–31.
Webb, L. 1986. “Eliminating Sexist Language in the Classroom.” Women’s Studies in Communication, 9, 21–29.