Collegiate Affiliation

Carly Byrnes (previously Danielson) teaches various courses in the department, including communication and conflict, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and communication theory. She examines dynamics of and coping resources for peer victimization, including bullying, cyber-aggression, discrimination, and sexual assault. Her dissertation examined bystander interventions to bullying and discriminatory harassment on college campuses.

She is the recipient of the 2018-2019 University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the 2018 Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Graduate Student Teaching Award. Her Master's thesis analyzed bullied bloggers' attributions for their victimization, as well as the use and outcomes of coping behaviors and support sources, which won an international top thesis award in Health Communication.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2019
  • M.A. : Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014
  • B.A.: Communication Studies, Business Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012
  • A.B.: Business Management, College of Southern Nevada, 2009


  • Bullying
  • Harrassment
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Health
  • Bystander Interventions
  • Conflict Management
  • Relationships
  • Coping
  • Social Support
  • Mixed Methods Research