Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart

  • Assistant Professor, UI Department of Communication Studies
  • Summer Scholar-in-Residence


Sylvia L. Mikucki-Enyart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Iowa. Her work examines family communication during periods of change—both expected (e.g., transition to in-law bonds) and unexpected (e.g., late-life parental divorce and stepfamily formation). More specifically, her research explores how uncertainty shapes family member’s communication (e.g., goals, message production, message processing) and relational well-being. Her work has been published in Communication Research, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, and Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Her expertise on in-law relationships has been shared in national and international outlets, including Real Simple magazine, the Washington Post, BW Magazine in the Daily Telegraph (Syndey), and La Tercera (Chile). Her current projects include: (a) the development and testing of the familial uncertainty management model, (b) identifying and testing uncertainty management strategies that can mitigate intimate partner violence among college-aged emerging adults, and (c) examining how in-law’s uncertainty and communication corresponds with marital satisfaction and stability. 

Research Interests

  • In-law dynamics
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Uncertainty's influence on communication processes
  • Uncertainty management within families

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Communication, 2012
  • MS, Illinois State University, Communication, 2007
  • BS, Illinois State University, Communication, 2003