Texas Tech University

Narissra Punyanunt-Carter

Assistant Dean of International Affairs / Associate Professor
Communication Studies

Email: n.punyanunt@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.3273

Narissra Punyanunt-Carter

Classes Taught:


  • Father - Daughter Relationships
  • Advisor - Advisee Relationships
  • Religious Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Parasocial
  • Mediated Communication
  • Humor
  • Romantic Relationships


Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter (Ph.D., Kent State University, 2002) is an associate professor in the department of communication studies at Texas Tech University. Narissra teaches interpersonal communication, gender, nonverbal, and romantic relationships. 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 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 9 book chapters, 45 journal articles, and 1 book review, with 3 books. She has been listed as a lead article many times. 

Leadership / awards:

She have 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 Delta Phi Omega and Delta Epsilon Psi (the first sorority and fraternity for Asian Americans). 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 received a top paper award at a the Southern States Communication Association  Conference. She has served as a mentor for Mentor Tech (for 10 years) as well as the Teaching, learning, professional and developmental center (TLPDC). She was just elected as Vice Chair Elect of the Mass Communication division of the National Communication Association. Recently, she was awarded by the Honors College as the “Faculty of the Year”!  In addition, she is a Texas Tech University Mid-Career Award Recipient.