Brian Nienhaus

Associate Professor of Business Communication
Koury Business Center 126
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5936

Brief Biography

I am originally from Michigan, and worked in corporate education in Spain and in the music industry in the U.S. before pursuing my graduate studies in communication. I have lived in North Carolina since 1999 and have worked closely with the Latin American immigrant community in central North Carolina since 2002.


Ph.D. 1993 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Interdisciplinary Program in Communication. Dissertation title: Lost causes: mass media exposure's empirical meanings in survey research. A critique and introduction to commodity relations. 

B.A. 1983 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. Language and International Trade, focusing on marketing, Spanish and European area studies. 

Employment History

Elon University. Associate professor. Department of Management.  2005 to present.

Elon University. Assistant professor. Department of Marketing and Management. 1999 to 2005.

Soutwest Texas State University. Assistant professor of management. 1995 to 1999.

Eastern Michigan University. Instructor in business communication. 1992-1995

Walsh College.  Instructor in business communication. 1990-1993.

University of Michigan. Lecturer in communication theory. 1988-1990.


Courses Taught

  • business communication
  • managerial communication (MBA)
  • business research methods (MBA)
  • the global experience
  • business Spanish
  • Periclean Scholars three-year course sequence for a cohort focused on Chiapas, Mexico
  • communication theory
  • introduction to mass communication
  • introduction to interpersonal communication
  • English as a second language

Current Projects

Business communication:

  • Speaking in class vs. speaking at work. Manuscript to be submitted for publication fall 2013.
  • The perils of nonverbal communication. Manuscript to be submitted for publication winter 2014.

Community studies

  • D.....P.....  Translation of the migration story of an undocumented local resident. To be published, in Spanish and English, during the academic year 2013/2014.

Communication theory

  • Idea and attention markets. Monograph in process. 

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