Geoff Leatham

  • Associate Professor
  • Communication Studies
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  • Office Location: Davis Hall, Rm 314


Dr. Leatham is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Washington with degrees in communication. He has been a faculty member of the University of Rhode Island since 1999. Prior to that, he has been on the faculty of Southern Oregon University, Arizona State University and the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Leatham is married to Claire Leatham and has two children. Ben Leatham is a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s corps of the U.S. Navy. Max is a URI alumnus with a degree in mechanical engineering. Dr. Leatham enjoys board gaming and is active in the local theater community.


Dr. Leatham’s research addresses small group decision-making and leadership, with leadership ethics being a particular interest.


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Iowa, 1994
  • M.A., Communication, University of Iowa, 1990
  • B. A., Communication University of Washington, 1985

Selected Publications

Schibler, J. & Leatham, G. B. (2003). Development of the networks of leaders. Proceedings of the 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii- West Oahu.

Leatham, G. B., Braswell, B, Brown, N., Burkhart, A., Fonseca, C. R., Greenwood, M. R., Mitson, K. & Vincent, E. (2002). Relational differences as grounds for interpreting supportive interactions. In G. T. Goodnight (Ed.) Arguing Communication and Culture, (Vol. 1). (pp. 311-318). Annandale, VA: National Communication Association.

Wilson, S. R., Aleman, C. & Leatham, G. B. (1998). Identity implications of influence goals: A revised analysis of face-threatening acts and application to seeking compliance with same- sex friends. Human Communication Research, 25, 64-96

Salazar, A. J., Hirokawa, R. Y., Propp, K. M., Julian, K. M., & Leatham, G. B. (1994). In search of true causes: Examination of the effect of group potential and group interaction on decision performance. Human Communication Research, 20, 529-559