Jess Alberts is President’s Professor of human communication and has been a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication since 1989. Currently she serves as director of the doctoral program and co-director of the Conflict Transformation Project.
Alberts’ principal research interests focus on conflict in personal and professional relationships. Her current work examines marital conflict and the division of domestic labor, married couples’ conflict and daily interaction, workplace bullying, community mediation, and work/life balance. Previously she has conducted research on adolescent drug resistance, teasing and ethnic humor, and flirting. Alberts teaches courses on human communication, conflict and negotiation, relational communication and work/life balance.
Alberts was named the Jeanne Lynd Herberger Professor in 2007. She was selected by the undergraduate association for the Last Lecture Series Award, by the graduate student association for a Mentor Appreciation Award, and by the Commission on the Status of Women for the Outstanding Achievement and Contributions Award.