Texas Tech University

Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter

Professor & Assistant Dean of International Affairs
Communication Studies

Email: n.punyanunt@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.3273

Research: Interpersonal communication, Family communication, Mass Media, Social Media


Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Narissra_Punyanunt-Carter

Ph.D., Kent State University
M.A., Texas Tech University

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Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter


Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter (Ph.D., Kent State University, 2002) is an assistant dean of international affairs for the College of Media and Communication. She is a full professor in the Department of Dommunication Studies at TTU. She is currently serving as the chair of the Family Communication Division and is a past chair of the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She was elected to serve on NCA's Nominating Committee and appointed to serve on NCA's Doctoral Program Committee. She was just awarded Texas Tech University's 2018 Professing Excellence Award.


Dr. Punyanunt-Carter's research interests include romantic relationships, computer-mediated communication, father-daughter communication, and mass media portrayals of romance. She is a consultant for several book publishers, such as Bedford St. Martin's, Rowan & Littlefield, Oxford, McGraw-Hill, and Wadsworth. She has published many articles, which have been featured in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, Southern Communication Journal, Howard Journal of Communication, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Quarterly. She has devoted an extraordinary amount of work towards her discipline, department, the university, and the community of Lubbock. She has served as a permanent or ad-hoc reviewer for ten different peer-reviewed journals. She has published 16 book chapters, 70 journal articles, 2 book reviews, 2 books, and 2 edited books. She has been listed as a lead article many times. During the 2018 Eastern Communication Association conference, she has received two top paper awards. 


  • Thematic Analysis
  • Survey
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods


Research Areas

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Mass Media
  • Social Media

Selected Publications


  • Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., & Rodriguez, N. B.  (2020). An Examination of equity and interdependence theory as predictors of maintenance behaviors: interracial vs. intraracial dating relationships. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 49 (6), 617-631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2020.1815822


  • Ouytsel, J. V., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Walrave, M., & Ponnet, K. (2020). Sexting within young adults' dating and romantic relationships. Current Opinion in Psychology, 36, 55-59.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.04.007 


  • Rasmussen, E. E., Punyanunt-Carter, N., La Freniere, J. R., Norman, M. S., & Kimball, T. G. (2020). The serially mediated relationship between emerging adults' social media use and mental well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 206-213.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.08.019 


  • Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., Weiser, D., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Flora, J., Arias, V. S., & Oldham, C. R. (2020). Guilty pleasure? Communicating sexually explicit content on dating-apps and disillusionment with app usage. Human Communication Research, 46(1), 55-85. https://doi.org/10.1093/hcr/hqz013 

Teaching Focus

  • Interpersonal Communication (COMS 1301)
  • Gender Communication (COMS 3334)
  • Nonverbal Communication (COMS 3335)
  • Communication Theory (COMS 5300)
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies (COMS 5310)

Leadership & Awards

She has been an advisor for over 5 different Texas Tech University student organizations and one national honor society.  She was awarded Advisor of the Year 2013 by the (NSCS) National Society of Collegiate Scholars (honor society).  She is the TTU advisor for the Delta Phi Omega sorority and the Delta Epsilon Psi fraternity (which is the first sorority and fraternity for Asian Americans respectively). She is the co-founder and advisor for the Communication Studies Society, which is the departmental student group. In 2015, The National Communication Association awarded her "Advisor of the Year" for her work with Lambda Pi Eta (the national honor society).  In 2012, She received the YWCA Women of Excellence in Education Award. She has served as a mentor for Mentor Tech (for 17 years). She was inducted to the Teaching Academy for teaching excellence over 12 years ago and serves as an active member of the Teaching, Learning, Professional and Developmental Center (TLPDC). In 2014, she was awarded by the Honors College as the “Faculty of the Year”!  She is also a Texas Tech University Mid-Career Award Recipient. 

  • Full Professor
  • Assistant Dean for International Affairs for the College of Media & Communication
  • Chair, Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Past Chair, Mass Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Advisor, Communication Studies Society