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Mark L. Knapp

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Mark L. Knapp
Knapp with rhino cake
BornJuly 12, 1938
OccupationEmeritus Professor
WebsiteUT Austin Profile

Mark L. Knapp is the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor Emeritus and a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] He is internationally known for his research and writing on nonverbal communication[2] and communication in developing relationships.[3] He has also done research and published books on lying and deception.[4] The Mark L. Knapp Award for career contributions to the study of interpersonal communication is awarded annually by the National Communication Association.[5][6] The Mark L. Knapp Professorship, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, was established in 2017.

Knapp served in the United States Army in Germany from 1957 to 1959, received his bachelor’s (1962) and master’s (1963) degrees from the University of Kansas and his PhD (1966) from Pennsylvania State University. He was employed at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1965–1970); Purdue University (1970–1980); the State University of New York at New Paltz (1980–1983); the University of Vermont (1983); and the University of Texas at Austin (1983–2008). He received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University in 2018.

He served as the editor of Human Communication Research (1980–1983); was an Eastern Communication Association Scholar (1982-1983); was a Fellow in the International Communication Association (1980); and was recognized as Distinguished Scholar in the National Communication Association (1993).

Knapp received teaching awards from the Central States Speech Association (1969), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1969), Purdue University (1974), SUNY-New Paltz (1983), the University of Texas at Austin (1987, 1993, 1999, 2002) and the National Communication Association (2004).

He was the President of the International Communication Association (1975–1976); the National Communication Association (1989–1990); the Association for Communication Administrators (1996–1997); and the University of Texas at Austin chapter of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi (2001–2003). He was the Chair of the Department of Speech Communication (1989–1996) and the Department of Communication Studies (2000–2001) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Knapp examined a wide variety of topics in his published research, including: conversational narcissism, behaviors enacted in greetings, goodbyes, and conversational turn-taking, memorable messages, regrettable messages, messages people attach to their email signatures, compliments, play behavior, the construct of intent, anti-drug abuse commercials, communication in developing relationships, nonverbal and deceptive behavior in close relationships, communicating commitment in close relationships, couples’ personal idioms, the effects of interaction on appearance, nonverbal communication and aging, communicating with the terminally ill, staff-resident communication in nursing homes, and the measurement of conflict in organizations.

He has lectured to, trained, and/or acted as consultant to over 60 different business organizations, voluntary groups, government agencies, and educational institutions—including IBM, U.S. Peace Corps, Pfizer, and the Texas Attorney General's Office.


  1. ^ "Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professorship in Communication". The University of Texas at Austin, Giving to UT. January 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Knapp, Mark L. (2014). Nonverbal communication in human interaction. Hall, Judith A., Horgan, Terrence G., Knapp, Mark L., Hall, Judith A., Horgan, Terrence G. (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781133311591. OCLC 800033348.
  3. ^ Knapp, Mark L. (26 November 2013). Interpersonal communication and human relationships. Vangelisti, Anita L., Caughlin, John P. (Seventh ed.). Boston. ISBN 9780205006083. OCLC 857288205.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ Knapp, Mark L. (2016). Lying and deception in human interaction. McGlone, M. S., Griffin, D. J., Earnest, W. (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN 9781465284594. OCLC 932825940.
  5. ^ "The Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication". January 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication". National Communication Association. January 20, 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • McCroskey, J.C., Larson, C. E., & Knapp, M. L. (1971). An introduction to interpersonal communication. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
  • Knapp, M. L. (1972; 1978). Nonverbal communication in human interaction. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston. Editions with Hall, J. A. in 1992, 1997, 2002, 2006, & 2010. Edition with Hall, J. A. and Horgan T. G. 2014. Translated into Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • Knapp, M. L. (1978). Social intercourse: From greeting to goodbye. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Knapp, M. L. (1980). Essentials of nonverbal communication. NY: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. Translated into Spanish.
  • Knapp, M. L. (1984). Interpersonal communication and human relationships. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Editions with Vangelisti, A. L. in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009.
  • Knapp, M. L. & Miller, G. R. (Eds.) (1985; 1994). Handbook of interpersonal communication. Beverly Hills: Sage. Editions with Daly, J. A. replacing Miller in 2002, 2011. Translated into Chinese.
  • Knapp, M. L. (2008). Lying and deception in human interaction. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
  • McGlone, M. S. & Knapp, M. L. (Eds.) (2009). The interplay of truth and deception: New agendas in theory and research. NY: Routledge.
  • Knapp, M. L. & Daly, J. A. (2010). Sage benchmarks in communication: Interpersonal communication. 4 vols. London: Sage.
  • Hall, J.A. & Knapp, M.L. (Eds.) (2013). Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 2: Nonverbal communication. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

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