Mei-Chen teaches classes such as communication and aging, intercultural communication and interpersonal communication. Her research interests are older adults' identity representation online, cross category intergroup communication, and quality of intergenerational relationships. Her new research projects focus on difficult conversations between aging parents and adult children, and uncertainty management in interpersonal contexts.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Publications (see vitae for complete list of publications)
Lin, M.-C. (2018). Elder abuse and neglect: Examining caregiver characteristics and perceptions of their older care receiver’s under-accommodative behavior. Journal of Family Communication, 18. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2018.1489810.
Lin, M.-C., & Haridakis, P. (2017). Media use in a political context: An intergroup communication perspective. In H. Giles & J. Harwood (Eds.), Encyclopedia of intergroup communication. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.405.
Workneh, T. & Lin, M.-C. (2017). Intercultural, international and intergroup awareness. In J. D. Ponder (Ed.), Foundations of Communication: COMM 2000, Kent State University (pp. 229-254). Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.
Lin, M.-C. (2017). Intergenerational communication. In M. Allen (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 762-766). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Egbert, N., Child, J. T., Lin, M.-C., Savery, C., & Bosley, T. (2017). How older adults and their families perceive family talk about aging-related EOL issues: A dialectical analysis. Behavioral Sciences, 7, 21-28. doi: 10.3390/bs7020021.
Haridakis, P., Lin, M.-C., & Hanson, G. (2017). The influence of political intergroup differences and social media use on political discussion and political polarization during the 2012 presidential primary season. In G. Richardson Jr. (Ed.), Social media and politics: A new way to participate in the political process (pp. 219-242). CA, Santa Barbara: Praeger.
Lin, M.-C., Haridakis, P., & Hanson, G. (2016) The role of political identity and media selection on perceptions of hostile media bias during the 2012 presidential campaign. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 60, 425-447. doi:10.1080/08838151.2016.1203316
Lin, M.-C., Giles, H., & Soliz, J. (2016). Problematic intergenerational communication in the family: Elder abuse and neglect. In L. N., Olson & M. Fine (Eds.), The darker side of family communication: The harmful, the morally suspect, and the socially inappropriate (pp. 155-173). New York: Peter Lang.
Lin, M.-C., & Haridakis, P. (2015). Golden agers, Recluse and John Wayne: Aging stereotypes and aging heroes in movie Westerns. In B. Batchelor & N. Jones (Eds.), Aging heroes: Growing old in popular culture (pp. 15-30). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Xu, K., Lin, M.-C., & Haridakis, P. (2015). Being addicted to Chinese Twitter: Exploring the roles of users’ expected outcomes and deficient self-regulation in social network service addiction. China Media Research, 11, 1-16.
Haridakis, P., Hanson, G., Lin, M.-C., & McCullough, L. J. (2014). Fitting social media into the media landscape during a 2012 Republican Primary. In J. A. Hendricks & D. Schill (Eds.), Presidential campaigning and social media (pp. 106-121). CO: Paradigm Publisher.
Lin, M.-C. (2014). Older adults diversity. Communicating effectively with older adults: What really works. Gerontological Society of America, Sponsored by McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
Soliz, J., & M.-C. Lin (2013). Communication in grandparent-grandchild relationship. In Floyd, K. & Morman, M. (Eds.) (2nd ed.), Family circle: New research on family communication (pp. 35-50), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Lin, M.-C. & Giles, H. (2013). The dark side of family communication: A communication model of elder abuse and neglect. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(8), 1275-1290. doi: 10.1017/S1041610212002347.
Conference Presentations (see vitae for complete list of conference presentations)
Lin, M.-C., Haridakis, P., & Zhang, Y. B. (2018). Political party identification and intergroup attitudes: Exploring the effects of mediated and direct contact with the opposing party during a presidential campaign [Top paper – Intergroup Communication Interest Group]. Paper to be presented at the 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.
Lin, M.-C. (2017). A communication model of elder abuse and neglect: Caregiver characteristics and perceptions of their elderly care receivers’ communication behaviors on physical abuse, emotional abuse and communication neglect. Paper presented at the 103th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, USA.
Butauski, M., Luckasen, C., Child, J. T., & M.-C. Lin (2017). Exploring the role of identity exploration and commitment in young and emerging adults’ management of the parent-child privacy boundary. Paper presented at the 103th National Communication Association Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, USA.
Lin, M.-C. (2016). The 2016 presidential election: Have we gone too far or are we getting back to our roots? Spotlight panel. Ohio Communication Association Annual Conference, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Lin, M.-C., Haridakis, P., & Hanson, G. (2014). The Role of Political Identity and Media Selection on Perceptions of Hostile Media Bias during the 2012 Presidential Campaign. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Education of Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.
Lin, M.-C., Haridakis, P., Hanson, G., & Xing, B. (2014). Looking at the influence of individual differences and media use on political polarization during the 2012 presidential primary season, and considering the language of polarization. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, Seattle, USA.
Lin, M.-C., & Giles, H. (2013). Problematic family interaction: A communication of elder abuse and neglect [Top paper – Division of Instructional and Development Communication]. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of International Communication Association 2013 convention. London, England.
Ph.D., The University of Kansas , M.A., The University of Kansas , B.A., Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
Communication and Aging, Elder Abuse, Intergenerational Communication Across Cultures, Communication Across Lifespan, Group Dynamics and Identity, Interpersonal Communication, individual political identity, influences on media consumption and political-related outcomes (e.g., hostile media bias, perceptions of political polarization) during presidential elections in the U.S., individual age identity influences on communication and behaviors towards people from the same and other age groups, perceptions of elder abuse and propensity of elder abuse and mistreatment, communication of national and ethnic identities in Taiwan