Dr. Christina Paxman

Associate Professor, Department Coordinator

Office: Hartnett 144
Email: christina.paxman@minotstateu.edu
Phone: (701) 858-4238

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., California State University, Long Beach
B.A., Western Washington University

Dr. Christina Paxman is an Associate Professor who specializes Interpersonal and Health Communication. She has taught over 20 different courses across the span of her career, some of which include Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural CommunicationGender Communication, and Group Dynamics. Much of Christina's teaching is complemented by her experience in the private sector, including the time she spent working at Walt Disney World and, later, for a multinational aerospace corporation.

Dr. Paxman's research examines how people interpersonally communicate about their health as it pertains to their identity and well-being. In particular, her work explores communication about hidden diseases and eating behaviors. Professor Paxman has published research in a variety of scholarly journals, including Communication Research Reports, Journal of Family Communication, Women & Health, and Environment & Behavior. Additionally, the results of a team study that Christina worked on were cited in a Wall Street Journal article titled “New Help for Homesick Students on Campus”.

Recent publications: 

Paxman, C. (in press) “I love tater tot casserole, I just make it vegan”: Applying the communication theory of identity to examine vegans’ identity management techniques. Communication Studies.

Paxman, C. (2021). “Everyone thinks I am just lazy”: Legitimacy narratives of Americans suffering from fibromyalgia. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 25(1), 121-137.